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Farmers Turn to Sunflowers

17 May 2010

NEPAL - Farmers in Nepal are being lured to sunflower growing because of the high return the crop offers.

Producers in the buffer zone areas of Sunsari are looking to grow the flowers, with more than 100 across several village development committees engaged in commercial sunflower farming.

They turned to the crop following the success of sunflower growing in India.

Farmers are now preparing to harvest the current crop, which the District Agriculture Office has pointed out takes just three months to grow.

Other crops in the country are performing less well however, with the decrease in rice, wheat, maize, millet and barley production set to hit millions of people.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperative has revealed that a food shortage of some 316,465 tonnes is being seen because of the decline in crops of 4.3 per cent to 7.76 million tonnes.

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