Stories By 'BIPLAV BHATTARAI'
The ward committee of Mangsebung Rural Municipality-5, Ilam, has declared Limbu language as the official language of the ward.
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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.
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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. According to traders, organic green tea leaves are mostly exported to mills like Okayti, Mirik and Charmile in the hills of Darjeeling district in India.
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Ilam tea is becoming a popular choice of drink for Japanese people so much so that Maykhwa Thachuwa, a Japanese national, has been exporting the organic tea to Japan for the last few years.Thachuwa first brought 16kg of tea from the district to Japan and the tea was an instant hit with Japanese tea drinkers, who wanted more. He increased his shipments to 400kg last year.
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Suryadaya Municipality fixed the floor price of tea leaves for the first time, boosting the spirits of farmers who are often disappointed by the price.
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Nepal is all set to promote its orthodox tea in the international market using a brand new logo. This is the first time Nepali orthodox tea is being branded abroad using a unique insignia.
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