7 October, Kathmandu. Vijayraj Pant of Bhimdutt Municipality-2 of Kanchanpur has quit his job in a non-cooperative organization and is professionally engaged in the cultivation of Rakhchandan and Shrikhand.
After working in various non-cooperative organizations for a long time, he quit his job six years ago and started cultivating ash sandalwood and shrikhand by obtaining permission from forest department and botanical department. He told that he is looking for agriculture sector which will give high returns with less investment to see how much work he will do in his lifetime.
“For about 6 months, I studied which cultivars would yield the best”, he said.
After seeing the benefits of Rakhchandan, Shrikhand and Agarwood for six months, he went to Bangalore, India and observed this cultivation with training. “I trained for two weeks in Bangalore, India and learned a lot about it,” he said.
Initially he started farming by renting eight acres of land with an investment of about three lakhs, now he has expanded seti and rented another bigha of land and engaged in plant production.
“It is easy to cultivate and it is also beneficial. It can be planted in fields and house fires”, he said, “Blood sandalwood seedlings mature in 18 years.” He said that it is necessary to cultivate it to increase the level of income as well as reduce the trade deficit with foreign countries.
He said that 400 Raktchandan and Shrikhand planted 6 years ago are growing now. ‘Initially I was afraid whether it would work in the climate here or not, now the plants are growing well’, he said, ‘Seeing that the climate here will also be good, I rented another bigha and expanded the farm has done. ,
He has also planted Agarwood saplings along with Rakhchandan and Shrikhand. Now he said that he is making good income by setting up his nursery. He said that 30,000 plants are produced in a season.
‘Rakt sandalwood, shrikhand and agarwood are priceless plants with medicinal properties’, he said, ‘they also have important religious beliefs. It is very expensive in the international market.’
People of every religion offer blood sandalwood to Shrikhand in their monasteries and temples. “The demand for Rakta sandalwood and Shrikhand is less in Nepal. In India, it is sold for more than five thousand per kg”, he said, “It is in high demand in the international market. In China it is 18 to 34 thousand per kg. He said that its main market is China.
He said that the plant of blood sandalwood would be ready in 18 years. He said that a plant weighs three to five quintals and is used in the manufacture of various types of Ayurvedic medicines, expensive furniture and various types of food dishes.
“No matter how bad the production from one plant, you can earn more than two lakhs in 18 years,” he said.
He said that the wood left after extracting the oil would be used for the manufacture of incense sticks, incense sticks and soap. According to him, since it is a parasite, it takes essential nutrients from the roots of other plants.
He said that due to this parasite, fruits and other plants should be planted next to Shrikhand. He told that three forms can be done simultaneously.
He said that the government should promote its commercial cultivation under the policy. Due to the increasing demand for soap, incense, oil and for religious purposes, Shrikhand and Rakta sandalwood are said to help the economy if cultivated as a medicinal plant.
He said that Shrikhand and Rakhchandan were cultivated commercially as their business was growing in China.