Nepal: Lockdown happened during the Coronavirus Epidemic (Covid-19). Common people were losing their income. Most of the young people migrated for foreign employment. Due to the closure of industries and companies, the workers abroad were forced to return home. Some young people even lost their lives due to the epidemic.
At that time, Baburam Chaudhary of Basantpur, Shivraj Municipality ward number-3 of Kapilvastu used to use his free time to watch YouTube. With the help of YouTube, he created a template for cultivating dragonfruits. Acquiring enough knowledge about it, Chaudhary reached the final preparations.
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As time went on like that, after a few months the atmosphere of the lockdown eased a bit. Chaudhary got ready to buy a dragon from India with an investment of about 4.5 lakhs. Chaudhary says that he started dragon cultivation on his own 3 and a half kathha land.
He said: “It has been one and a half years since I started farming. Again, I have invested about one and a half million.” Chaudhary said that once it is cultivated, it will last for 20 years. He says that people need to be patient, saying that after investing, they get immediate returns. Chaudhary, who started farming with 600 seedlings, has now built a seedling production nursery by himself.
He said that by investing millions, he created a template for creating business opportunities in the country. He said that he was happy to sit with his family and enjoy farming and said that the process of fruit production will now begin. He said that he was able to produce only seedlings when he arrived in a gap of one and a half years.
Chaudhary added: “When I bought it, it cost me 200 rupees per seedling, but when I sold it for 100 rupees, it didn’t happen. When I bought it from outside, the farmer bought it for 300 rupees. That’s why I used to sell it in Dang, Rolpa, Arghakhanchi Pyuthan, and other places. I have a satisfactory income.”
Chaudhary said that because the local government is unable to identify the real farmers, the farmers are deprived of government service facilities. Claiming that only nominal farmers are occupying the agricultural area.
He said that he is also giving employment to the local youth for the protection of fields including fences with his own investment. According to Chaudhary, if the government can implement targeted training, fertilizers, loans, and other service facilities effectively, common citizens will be self-sufficient and the government will also be financially supported.
Ram Abatar Chaudhary
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