Jumla, Jan 28: In recent times, farmers here have been attracted to foreign Fuji apples. Reshma Shrestha, director of Jumla Agro Firm, said that the apple farmers are attracted to Fuji apples as Fuji apples give better returns than organic Jumli apples produced in the district.
After the success of Fuji apple farming in the district, Jumli Agro Firm and Hamro Co-operative company started apple farming four years ago by renting 20,000 square meters of land of Chandannath temple for 10 years. Initially, five types of apples were planted, including Fuji, Golden Delicious, Red Chip, Gala and Jordan.
It has been four-five years since the cultivation of Italian Fuji variety started in the district. After the success of Fuji farming in Jumla, local farmers have been attracted to Fuji variety apple farming, said Nawaraj Bhandari, head of the apple super zone office of the Prime Minister’s Agriculture Modernization Project Implementation unit.
He informed that the Guthichaur Agro Farm of Guthichaur Rural Municipality of the district is preparing to plant 30,000 to 40,000 Fuji apple saplings in 150,000 square meters this year. He said, “Preparations are underway to plant 4,000 apple seedlings of Fuji variety in an area of 130,000 square meters in Hiakhola village of Tatopani municipality. ”