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Four arrested along with ‘yarsagumba’

Yarshagumba has rapidly become the principal source of income for the ancient, yak-based culture of the Himalayas, which had survived for centuries in one of the most extreme environments on Earth with a virtually cash-free economy. The price of yarsagumba has increased twenty-fold in just a few years, to the point that it is now worth nearly its weight in gold, retailing for $1250 an ounce in Hong Kong for premium grade. Yarsagumba grows in the high Himalayas, just below the snowline, and can only be collected for a few weeks in the summer. Bagarchap, Manang, Nepal.

KATHMANDU:- Nepal Police’s Metropolitan Crime Control Division has arrested four persons along with the valuable ‘yarsagumba’ (caterpillar fungus) worth around Rs 8 million. Yarsagumba weighing 1.85 kilogrammes was confiscated from them. The scientific name of yarsagumba is Cordyceps sinensis.
A team from the Division apprehended them based on information that illegal trade of yarsagumba was taking place at Samakhusi of Kathmandu.
Those arrested in this connection are 48-year-old Dundup Gurung of Gorkha currently residing in Mitranagar, Kathmandu, 50-year-old Bel Bahadur Thapa of Lamjung and presently residing in Naya Buspark, 40-year-old Krishna Pariyar of Gorkha and currently living in Baniyatar and 47-year-old Dan Bahadur GC of Pyuthan and currently residing in Tarakeshwor.
The contraband was found hidden in Gurung’s room during a police search. All the arrested have been handed to the Division Forest Office, Kathmandu for necessary action.

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