Commercial apple farming has begun at Dharche rural municipality in the northern belt of Gorkha.
The rural municipality has distributed 1,400 saplings of improved species of apple in its all seven wards to promote collective apple farming in the first phase, shared Santosh Gurung, chair of Dharche rural municipality.
He said the rural municipality has come up with the concept to support the livelihoods of earthquake survivors with the assistance of Gandaki State Ministry of Physical Infrastructures and Development.
“Now we have distributed 200 apple saplings in each ward”, Gurung said, adding, the saplings are being planted to promote the plan of commercial apple farming.
Three of the five people, who died after a passenger bus heading towards Kathmandu from Kakarvitta of Jhapa met with an accident and fell into the Trishuli river this morning, have been identified. Of them four died on the spot while one died on the way to hospital, police said.