9 Manseer, Banepa. Kibi is flourishing in the waves scattered among the Thakars. Seeing the invisible waves in Thakaro from afar encourages the farmer to work harder. The family of Buddha Sangathan has been taking care of him.
Sangtan, who has been taking care of Kibi for the last 16 years in Phuskot, Dhulikhel Municipality-11 of Kavrepalanchok, said that this would give him enough income. Kibi farming has given an example that if you have the courage and enthusiasm to work on your own then you do not need to go abroad for employment.
According to him, the work of picking and grading and marketing of kibi will start from the second-third year of Mangseer. Farming is being done on 16 planted lands by Himalayan Organic Kibi Firm.
60 to 70 kg of fruits are produced in one plant. He said that up to 20 saplings can be grown in one plantation land as it has to be planted over a wide area.
He said that the annual income is more than one crore rupees. According to him, the farm is earning up to Rs 16 lakh annually.
Sangton said the crop, which began in 2062-63 BS, has been producing fruit for the past three years.
“At present, the annual production is 6-7 tonnes,” he said.
Dr. Surya Prasad Pandey, employed by the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC), established a kibi garden after retiring from the field. Kibi fruits usually ripen in 240 days.
“It begins to ripen in April and is ready to be sold by mid-November,” he said.
He said that the problem has arisen due to the farmers picking up and storing them once, but there is no problem in their cultivation due to harvesting and marketing on the basis of demand.
He said that if there is a need to take more cooked food, then there will be no problem as it is kept in the humidification center. He says that it is easier to fertilize kibi as it does not cause much disease as it gives fruit for 50-60 years once planted.
The firm has been selling kibi cultivation as well as saplings. The firm is earning additional income by selling fruits and keeping nurseries. According to Kamdar Sangtan, 6,000-7,000 saplings were sold in a year before the earthquake, but now 1,000 to 1,500 plants are being sold.
They are earning extra income by producing saplings according to all the orders. He said that the kibi produced here is being graded and sold in Kathmandu’s Bhatbhateni supermarket after making packets.
The manager of the firm, Pandey Temal is cultivating dragon fruit and macadamia nuts in 50-60 seedlings in a big shop of Village Palika-6. He said that earlier all the families used to work in the firm but now he was thinking of leaving. He says that for this he is arranging four-five plantation land. Till now he is working with firm director Dr. Surya Prasad Pandeko at the rate of 20 thousand rupees per month.
He said that nursery is being started on the basis of experience of working in the same firm. He has been doing the same thing since he started farming and is now preparing to run his own nursery business including avocados and lemons.
He said, ‘I have been doing this since its inception. Now I have made all preparations to start a separate nursery business by investing in it myself.
Kibi can be grown at an altitude of more than a thousand meters above sea level. Kibi is the most nutritious fruit among fruits.
Kibi can benefit from both the fruit and the plant. According to the farmer, 50 to 70 kg of fruit is produced from a single tree and it is easily sold for Rs 400 to 600 per kg.