KATHMANDU, DECEMBER 1
In the first quarter progress review programme of the National Tea and Coffee Development Board today, Executive Director of NTCDB Bishnu Prasad Bhattarai informed that the board will provide 50 per cent grant to those farmers who take up tea farming on at least 50 ropanis of land.
Earlier the board had stated that due to the nationwide lockdown imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus, tea production might drop by 20 to 25 per cent this year.
Bhattarai informed that the board had introduced this offer with an aim to motivate more people to do tea farming so that the country can meet the international demand. He further urged the farmers to start preparations to increase production of tea as the demand for Nepali tea will increase in the coming days as the Nepali logo has been introduced in the world market.
According to the Nepal Commercial Tea Cultivation Survey 2018, 22.24 million kg of tea is produced annually in the country. As per the survey, tea is being cultivated over one million hectares of land across the country.
Commercial tea farming is being practised