Many factories run by small tea growers in the eastern hill districts are making the shift to organic farming as demand continues to grow in the global market but they bemoan the difficulty in getting the organic certification for the product.
Ilam has been designated as a kiwi development zone to promote farming of the fruit. All five wards from Sandakpur Rural Municipality and ward number 1, 2, 3 and 6 from Ilam municipality will fall under the kiwi zone.
The trend of exporting green tea leaves to India has not reduced despite proliferation of tea processing mills in the eastern hill districts in the last few years. As a result, local tea processing plants have not been able to get the required amount of green tea leaves.