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Bagram Farming: 'Wear all night, sell all day'

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Radheshyam Rana of Laljhadi Rural Municipality-4 Dada Jai ​​gets up and enters the garden. They pick watermelons, gourds, parsley and cucumbers planted in the banks of the Doda river and put them on bicycles. They go from village to village riding the same bicycle. Sometimes they sell vegetables with money and sometimes with grain.

Bagram Farming: 'Wear all night, sell all day'

They wander all day and return home in the evening. "During the whole day two/three thousand are sold," said Rana, "half a quintal of wheat is also collected." In the morning, I walk carrying vegetables. They come back after traveling 40/50 kilometers on a bicycle.

Rana reaches 20/25 km from Laljhadi to Gulria, Bani, Bunk, Beldandi, Belauri and Punarwas in Krishnapur. He has planted half a bigha of vegetables in the Doda River.

He had started harvesting from November to January and had planted berna in January. They started selling the produce in Bagar from the first week of March. Initially, he sold up to 100 rupees per kg, now he is selling it at 30/40 rupees.

"You wait for the fields at night, you sell them during the day," said Radheshyam's wife Bhanni, "During the day, my husband goes to sell, I stay waiting for the fields." Children wait for home. Elderly people wait their turn.

Farmers themselves go to villages to sell vegetables produced in Doda river not only on bicycles but also on bullock carts and tractors. They are going to sell from the beginning of March, they are engaged in it till the middle of May. 3/4 lakh is saved in two and a half months. It sustains the family throughout the year.

``We stay in the fields until the rains come, after the rains, we start small-scale farming,'' said Harkalal Rana, who is going from village to village selling vegetables on his bicycle. Slowly Nepalese started doing this work. At first, they started farming for food at home, now they are engaged in it professionally.

Ramkisan Chaudhary of Krishnapur-2 used to work in India. But at this time he has returned home to sell the produce of Bagar farming. Dutram's father spends twelve months in vegetable farming. At other times it is not too difficult to sell. But now there is a lot of fanfare. He is selling by building a tower near the bridge of Banhara river. At Banhara Bridge, a fair of sellers of watermelons, gourds, cucumbers, phasi, ghiraula etc. is currently held.

People traveling on the East-West Highway stop near the Banhara bridge and buy it. In a day, 4/5 thousand are sold from a single shop. More than 80 families of Banima Mukt Kamaiya camp are cultivating bagar. They sell the produce in Bagar themselves by sitting on the side of the road.

In Kanchanpur, paddy cultivation is done in rivers such as Doda, Banhara, Sayali. According to Krishi Gyan Kendra, it is estimated that more than 60 hectares of land is being cultivated across the district. In which 250 family farmers are directly involved.

'A family saves two and a half lakhs in one season,' said Govind Sijapati, the head of Agricultural Knowledge Center Kanchanpur The family is connected. Indian citizens have been displaced after the farmers of the river banks have joined the barbaric farming.

प्रकाशित : जेष्ठ २, २०८१ १९:५१
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