The price of cardamom in Nepal has doubled

The price of cardamom has doubled this year compared to its price last year. The price of cardamom has reached Rs 2000 per kg against Rs 1,100 recorded last year.

Traders have also started paying advance money to farmers producing cardamom. Farmers say they are not worried about getting a market for the produce. Hansapur, Thalajung, Kharibot, Shimjung, Ghyachowk VDCs, also known as pocket area for cardamom production, produced over 2,000 quintals of cardamom this year.

Krishna Jung Ghimire, a farmer of Hansapur, said the production decreased this year but said they were happy as they got a good price for their produce this year.

In the previous years, farmers used to sell their produce in the local market at cheaper rates and those who wanted to get better price had to wait for 2-3 months. It takes farmers three years to harvest their produce. Farmers said lack of rainfall and diseases led to drop in production.

Devraj Dhital, another farmer, said they had requested the District Agricultural Development Office, Gorkha to supply pesticides but got no support.

However, several farmers are still selling cardamom at cheaper rates due to lack of coordination between farmers and traders.

Kamal Bhatta, another farmer of Kharibot, said they started cardamom farming as it is lucrative.

However, Officer of Horticulture Development Office of Gorkha Bishnu Prasad Shrestha blamed lack of rainfall for fall in cardamom production.

The office had distributed 75,000 cardamom seedlings to farmers at subsidized rates but this did not meet the demand, officials said. “We plan to increase seedling production and also provide farmers other essential tools for cardamom farming,” added Shrestha.

- Courtesy of Republica Business