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Apples worth Rs 500 million exported from Mustang


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2022 Nov 29, 10:48, Myagdi
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The apples worth Rs 500 million have been exported from Mustang this year.

Seventy percent of the total product has been supplied outside the district, according to the agriculture knowledge center. The export amounted to 4,620 metric tons.

Apples are sold at Rs 100 per kg in September and at Rs 120-130 in November.

However, the farmers said the apple was sold at Rs 110 per kg on average. Chief of the agriculture knowledge center in Mustang, Prakash Bastakoti, informed that the apple production was upped by 18.56 percent this year. "It was found during crop cutting and inquiry made at an orchard. The production was increased due to favorable climate, land, and increased new plants," he observed.

The apples were planted on 580 hectares of land. The farming is done in all five local levels of Mustang. The crop-cutting survey had revealed that 11.37 metric tons of apples are produced in a hectare, Bastakoti added.

This year, out of the total product, 440 metric tons of apples were produced with high-density technology. Such technology is adopted in 38 hectares of land.

The center further said farmers had been aware of orchard management.

Agriculture officer for PM Agriculture Modernization Project, Netra Bhatta, said nearly 70 metric tons of apple was kept in six cold stores for off-season sale. In March-April, apples will become more expensive.

The agriculture knowledge center has been running the apple bloc program. Seventy percent of the apple produced in Mustang is supplied outside the district.

The apple is produced on land at an altitude of 2,500 meters from sea level. The cold weather and snow add quality and taste to the apple.

Tourists visiting Mustang buy apples as gifts. There are also six liquor factories that produce liquor by processing apples.

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