New directive issued for Yarsa sale, distribution

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu
Yarsagumba, the caterpillar fungus, is harvested before the rainy season and it fetches good money for its ‘aphrodisiac’ properties

May 3, 2017-The Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) has issued the Yarsagumba Management (Collection and Transport) Directive-2073. 

At the initiative of the DNPWC, the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation pushed for the decision at the ministerial level to issue the directive for the management of the rare “half plant, half animal” herb, according to Narayan Rupakheti, an information officer at the DNPWC. 

Yarsagumba (Cordyceps sinesis) is found abundantly in the Kanchenjunga National Park, Makalu Barun National Park, Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, Shey Phoksundo National Park and the Api Nampa Wildlife Conservation Area. The caterpillar fungus is harvested before the rainy season and it fetches good money for its supposed aphrodisiac properties. 

According to the new directive, a person collecting Yarsagumba needs to pay Rs 500 to the people living within the conservation area, Rs 1,000 to the people of the same district living outside the conservation area and Rs 2,000 in revenue to those outside of the district. 

Only individuals above 16 years of age will be given permission to collect Yarsagumba which is harvested between June and mid-July. 

The newly introduced regulation also requires the individuals collecting the rare herb to seek permission from the concerned office to distribute and sale Yarsagumba. 

Published: 03-05-2017 07:36

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