Storm damages lemon farm

The storm occurred for some days has damaged lemon farming at Asapani of Byas Municipality-13 in Tanahu district.

The storm damaged the commercial farming of lemon done by local Raju Regmi in 26 ropanies of land. Three-hundred trees of lemon were destroyed by the adverse weather.

Regmi said, "The garden has turned a mess with damaged lemon trees. It is a severe dent in my plan to do commercial farming of lemon."

Regmi who returned Nepal after four years' toil in South Korea had launched commercial farming. He also invested Rs 3.5 million so for. He had sold the lemon worth half million rupees and planned for the sale of Rs 2.5 million this year, but in vain.

He further shared that plight that the lemon trees were fully damaged. His plight was not heard and addressed by any government agency, he rued.

However, chief of agriculture knowledge centre, Kul Prasad Tiwari, admitted that vegetable farming was damaged in various parts of district. The centre was receiving detailed information on the damage. After evaluating the loss, the government would provide compensation to the farmers.

"We share information to all agencies about the damages and farmers' plights. If the farmers are not compensated well, they would face the condition to leave the occupation," Tiwari added.

He stressed the need for retaining youths in agriculture.

Meanwhile, Byas Municipality has begun collecting details on loss and damage caused by hailstorm, said Mayor Baikuntha Neupane.

Source: National News Agency-Nepal