Pokhara,5 Nov 2014: Ninety per cent apples produced in Mustang district this year have been sold so far.
Senior Agriculture Development Officer at the District Agriculture Development Office, Mustang, Rajaram Adhikari, said farmers have sold 4,000 metric tonnes of apples so far and earned around Rs 400 million.
The Office estimates that around 5,000 metric tonnes of apples are produced in the district this year.
The remaining 10 per cent apples are sold by farmers at local level and are provided to their relatives as present.
A total of 4,000 metric tonnes of apples were produced and sold for around Rs 210 million in the last year. The apple production has increased by 25 per cent this year as compared to previous year, according to the office.
Now, the price of one kilogramme apple is Rs 80 in the district, it is learnt. Out of 16 VDCs in the district, apple is produced in 13 VDCs.
Apples are grown in large quantity at Tukuche, Marpha, Kagbeni and Chhusang VDCs as well as at Muktinath, Jomsom, Jhong Ghami, Chatan, Khursang and Kobang VDCs in smaller quantity, said Adhikari.
Although the district has 883 hectares of land suitable for growing apple, apples are produced only on 300 hectares of land this year.