KAKARVITA: Stalks of cardamom known as ”black gold” is getting market in the eastern Terai. Cardamom is found especially in the hilly and mountainous areas in Nepal.
Farmers here are lured into cardamom farming following demand for its stalks as well. Handmade (Nepali) paper industries based in Jhapa district have turned into the use of cardamom stalks for paper production.
The quality of paper has improved with the use of cardamom stalks as a raw material, said entrepreneur Homnath Pokhrel.
It is learnt that dried cardamom plants are being sold at Rs. 35 per kg. Other raw materials like lokta and lemon necessary for producing Nepali paper is more expensive than cardamom stalks.
People involved in the Nepali paper production here have felt a relief due to an easy availability of raw materials. Production cost of the Nepali paper has gone down following the use of cardamom plants as raw materials, said Pokhrel. He says his income increased more than two folds after the use of cardamom plant in paper production.
Over 200 Nepali paper industries are operational in Jhapa district. RSS
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