Chitwan, Dec. 25: Vegetable cultivation is booming in dry Chepang
farms in Shaktikhor, Chitwan district, with the completion of the
Micro Irrigation Project.
The Chepangs who are a marginalized people have started planting
vegetables and other cash crops once the irrigation project has
brought water from local Shaktikhola (river) to their fields.
A total of 36 families from the Chepang community harvested paddy
first time in their life and that they have planted vegetables and
other cash crops on 35 bighas of land once the project was completed,
said Chairman of the Project, Sunbir Chepang.
Before this, the fields remained barren. But now with the
availability of irrigation facility, these once barren fields have
turned green. They can irrigate their fields throughout the year with
the completion of the three-km-long project. The project was
constructed at a cost of Rs. 750,000, said Sunbir.
The Chepang people's source of income has increased now as they can
plant vegetables and various cash crops on their farmland, said
Executive Director of the Youth Society, Chitwan, Keshav Nepal.
The project was constructed with financial and technical support of
the UNDP and the Society.