A Farmer In Tsirang, Bhutan Learnt The Ropes Of Managing A Kiwi Farm From Youtube

Email

Besides kiwi, one can also find avocado, dragon fruit, ground apple, strawberry, cardamom and citrus fruits among others at Kalyan's farm.

Learn how to cultivate kiwis from Youtube. (Source: Youtube/GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley)

 

By Nirmala Pokhrel |Kuensel

Farmers wanting to try kiwi farming should visit Doonglagang in Tsirang where farmer Kalyan Mahat has an orchard of a high-end cash crop - kiwi.

At Farmer Kalyan’s lush green farm, kiwis, both red and Hayward are planted amongst oranges and cardamom.

The farmer planted about 300 saplings in three acres of land in 2015. Today, the trees are heavily laden with delicious fruits.

What motivated Farmer Kalyan to venture into horticulture farming?

Kalyan said that normally, the commercial fruit-bearing period is after five years of plantation but he is expecting to harvest at least 10,000 kiwis this year. Kiwi (imported) is currently available for Nu 50 a piece in the market.

The 44-year-old father of two left his grocery and electronic business to start commercial horticulture farming in 2015. “Horticulture farming is far better.”

Kalyan first brought saplings from Ilam in Nepal after seeking permission from the Department of Agriculture to do so in Bhutan.

Learning the ropes of kiwi plantation and management through Youtube

He said that he relied on Youtube for picking up the skills and technical methods of kiwi plantation and management.

He explained that in order to plant kiwi, it needs the ratio of nine female and a male.

“The plant and its branches are supported by a trellis. The success and failure of kiwi farming depends on how you manage.”

Kalyan also said that prior to kiwi plantation, more than half of his land remained barren. The main source of income for his parents which was the cultivation of citrus, was fast dying of citrus greening.

His father, Santa Bahadur Mahat said that kiwi may be a high-end fruit but it has not been grown in Bhutan so far.

He said he did not support his son initially because investing in a new cash crop was not wise. “The lush fruiting proved me wrong.”

Expansion of Kalyan’s fruit farm

Following the success, the family even bought an additional three-acres of land in the neighbourhood to plant more kiwi plants. Besides kiwi, they also grow avocado, dragon fruit, ground apple, strawberry, cardamom and citrus among others.

Kalyan explained that for a farmer, planting at least 100 saplings and managing them well would fetch an income of Nu 900,000 a year.

“That’s keeping an average of 50kg of fruits per plant, which usually bears at least 100kg of fruits in five years if managed well,” he said.

He has been encouraging his neighbours to try growing at least a set but to no avail.

Expecting others to join him, he has started a kiwi nursery as well. A set of Hayward sapling is available for Nu 3,500.

Although Kalyan has raised a red kiwi nursery, he is not authorised to make any sales without the approval from the agriculture ministry.

The ministry is carrying out a study of red kiwi cultivation in the country and a report is expected to be released soon.

 

This article first appeared in Business Bhutan and has been edited for the Daily Bhutan.

 


Related Posts

Orange Trees Climb Higher in Bhutan with Climate Change

“Since the upper altitude regions are bearing more oranges than lower altitude regions, we believe it’s due to the...

Mar 25, 2018 21:13

Villages in Wangdue Prepare for Kiwi Plantation

The Agriculture extension supervisor of Dakar said that people of the gewog are interested to grow kiwi due to good...

Mar 04, 2018 08:00

Growing Black Sesame in Nichula

“The weather and soil are suitable for this crop,” the manager said, adding that the Farm Machinery Centre (FMC) in...

Feb 02, 2018 07:17

Farmers in Samtse Ready To Reap Quinoa

Farmers in Samtse are gearing up to harvest quinoa, a new crop which they started cultivating on a small scale as a...

Jan 18, 2018 07:18

Constructive Steps Need To Be Taken For Bhutan To Become 100%...

Various measures need to be taken for Bhutan to become 100% organic by 2020.

Jun 06, 2018 15:26

White Button Mushroom Trial Cultivation A Success In Chukha,...

In April this year, four areas were identified in Darla (Tala), Chasilakha and Tsimalakha for the trial programme.

Jul 09, 2018 18:27

Latest

News

Largely Funded By The Asian Development Bank, Bhutan’s First Mini-Dry Port Is Now Completed

The Asian Development Bank funded 81 percent of the total budget as grant while the Bhutanese government funded the rest.

Feb 15, 2019 11:35

Highlights Of The Year Long Bhutan-India Golden Jubilee Celebrations Which Wrapped Up On 8 Feb 2019

“The events reminded us how deep our economic, spiritual and cultural links are,” said the Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Jaideep Sarkar.

Feb 09, 2019 19:07

Features

One Third Of The Hindu Kush Himalayan Glaciers Could Melt By End 2100: ICIMOD Study

Bhutan will see a rise in temperature higher than the regional average of the Hindu Kush Himalaya.

Feb 13, 2019 17:56

To Eat ‘Snacks Or Snakes?’ Discover The Idiosyncrasies Of Bhutanese English

Bhutanese English differs from standard English not only in terms of its accent and pronunciation but also in the usage of words while...

Feb 12, 2019 18:52

Sports

Bhutan’s HRH Princess Eeuphelma Choden Wangchuck Attended The General Assembly of the Asian Paralympic Committee In Dubai

The General Assembly is the highest decision making body of the Asian Paralympic Movement.

Feb 08, 2019 18:15

9-Year-Old Boy From Bhutan Completes Gruelling Cross-Country Cycling Race

While many thought that the boy would give up after 5 to 6 kilometres, others were concerned that he might get injured.

Feb 01, 2019 16:52

Business

Bhutan Shortlisted As A Finalist For The Intellectual Property (IP) Sharing Project 2019

Bhutan has been selected as one of the four finalists out of 13 countries.

Feb 14, 2019 18:38

Bhutan Records Lowest Inflation Rate In 2018 At 3.13 Percent

For the measurement of the current Consumer Price Index, prices are collected from a sample of 557 outlets.

Feb 11, 2019 18:42

Travel

Revival Of Khurul Lake In Lhamoidzingkha – A Special Lake Where One’s Wishes ‘Can’ Be Fulfilled

Today, the lake is fast becoming a tourist spot for both Bhutanese and tourists from abroad.

Jan 20, 2019 15:47

Here’s What It’s Like Inside Asia’s Best Hotel - COMO Uma Punakha In Bhutan

Luxury resort COMO Uma Punakha was awarded best hotel in Asia and third best hotel in the world, by Conde Nast Traveler's Readers Choice...

Jan 18, 2019 17:05

Lifestyle

Tshering Zangmo Represents Bhutan At The 5th Young Chef Olympiad In India

Tshering Zangmo has successfully made it to round two of the Olympiad.

Feb 04, 2019 16:35

Bhutanese Boyband O'Strangers To Play In Pattaya For 2 Months

They are the first Bhutanese rock band to perform at Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya in Thailand.

Jan 04, 2019 15:13

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!