Kiwi farmer reaping benefits

Sunday, Nov 28, 2021 06:15 [IST]

Last Update: Sunday, Nov 28, 2021 00:45 [IST]

Kiwi farmer reaping benefits

PAKYONG, : K.L. Sapkota, a progressive farmer of Linkey Parakha under Ganthang-Machong constituency, has started reaping benefits from the kiwi farming.
Sapkota, who had planted more than 70 kiwi plants in 2019, said the plants have started bearing fruits this year. I will be selling the fruits from next year and expand my cultivation, said Sapkota.
“Kiwi cultivation is not as laborious; the only problem is to save the vine from hailstones during the flowering stage in March-April.”
Horticulture joint director Suren Gurung had visited the farm earlier this year and provided technical know-how about the pruning and manuring of the plants. He said the department will provide anti-hail net designed for kiwi fruits to the farmers this season.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi