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Tea processing plant to be built in Solma.

TERHATHUM, April 25 -- Tea farmers of Solma village are preparing to establish a tea processing plant with the support of Singhadevi Tea Producers Cooperative.

The farmers of the area had been facing difficulties in selling green tea leaves as there was no tea processing plant.

Manager of the cooperative Shankar Khanal said that setting up a tea processing plant in the village would ease the difficulties of the farmers.

Chitra Bahadur Karki, a farmer of Basantapur, said that lack of a processing plant had prevented them from getting a fair price for their tea.

According to the farmers, Gurans Tea Estate buys their tea at Rs. 36 per kg which is less than their expectation.

According to Khanal, the processing plant will be established within three years which is expected to cost Rs. 22.5 million.

He added that the farmers would bear 50 percent of the total expenses and the rest would be paid by the Commercial Agriculture Alliance and other donor .

Over 1,000 ropanis of land in Solma are being used for commercial tea farming. Annual green tea production in the district is 135 tons.

Along with Solma, Sungnam, Aangdim, Hamarjung, Sudaap, Daagpa, Fulek, Basantapur, Jirikhhimti, Aambung, Morahang, Shreejung, Pounthhak, Oyakjung and Myanglung have started commercial tea farming.

Currently, tea is being grown on more than 4,200 ropanis of land across the district.

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Date:Apr 25, 2010
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