Apple price goes up as production declines by 30 pc in Mustang
The price of the domestic apple has gone up due to low production in Mustang this year.
According to District Agricultural Development Office, Mustang, the apple production has declined by 25-30 percent this year.
The apple production is estimated to go down by around 1,000 metric tonnes this year, said senior Agriculture Development Officer, Mustang, Rewati Raman Paudel. “The district had produced 4,000 metric tonnes last year.”
The apple is being traded at Rs 140 to 170 per kg at Beni Bazaar, Myagdi while the purchase price is Rs 80 per kg this year against Rs 55 per kg last year in the garden.
“Apple farmers themselves have increased the price rate as the production was low this year." Poudel added.
Despite increase in the cultivation land by 62 hectares, the production witnessed low this year, Poudel added. “Apple is cultivated in 770 hectares of land this year.”
As the expenses of the traders goes up while supplying the mountainous fruit due to transportation issues, the customers are forced to pay high for the same fruit in the market.
Mustang had exported apple worth Rs 220 million last year.
Marfa, Kobang, Tukuche, Jomsom, Kagbeni, Muktinath, Chhusang, and Jhong, among other VDCs in Mustang are considered main areas for apple production. RSS