Vegetable farming brings change to Chepangs’ life in Dhading

Vegetable farming brings change to Chepangs’ life in Dhading

Aug 27, 2011-

Until some years ago, Dil Bahadur Chepang of Dhusha VDC-1 in Dhading used to eke out a living as a wage earner. He has now started vegetable farming on his own. Chet Bahadur Chepang of the same village has become economically independent after he started earning from vegetable farming.

Dil Bahadur and Chet Bahadur are only a case in point. Several members of the backward Chepang community are now sustaining their families through agriculture.

Dil Bahadur said many Chepangs, who used to work as wage labourers earlier, are now becoming economically self-sufficient. Krishak Sudhar Vegetable and Fruit Cooperative at Dhusha has helped bring about positive changes in their lives. The cooperative has imparted on them technical knowledge on vegetable farming. Bhim Bahadur, a local resident, said they got attracted towards the business while ferrying loads of vegetable of landlords to the market.

“Fed up with working for landlord, I started the business with a view to becoming economically self-sufficient. The business is good,” said Bhim Bahadur.

Manager of the cooperative, Shiva Silwal, said vegetable farming has changed life of Chepangs for better. Some members are also shareholders in the cooperative.

Of the 135 shareholders in the cooperative, 95 are from the community. Cooperative’s Chairman Hem Nath Khatiwada said that they have now started according priority to the Chepang community’s economic development.

Published: 28-08-2011 08:28

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