Kathmandu: Adding a new dimension to its work, Hamri Bahini Social Enterprise has started to market ‘pesticide-free’ produce in Kathmandu. It has brought the first lot of ‘pesticide-free’ vegetables and other products from Ashapuri and Banepa of Kavre and sold in Kathmandu.
The vegetables including potato, pumpkin, pumpkin leaves (farsi ko munta), coriander leaves, cabbage, and homemade local curd were brought from local farmers Prem Lama and Sabita Tamang (Ashapuri), and from Ram mani Adhikari (Banepa). All these farmers have been farming pesticide-free fruits and vegetables since more than five years. They claim their produce being wither IPM (Integrated Pest Managed) or Organic.
“For the first lot we brought about 60 Kgs all together and it didn’t even take 3 hours to get sold out. People living in the neighborhood of our office bought it all. This shows how people in Kathmandu are hungry for good, pesticide-free produce to consume. We are still at the test phase and now we’ll work towards establishing this market place in Kathmandu”, says Prateema Upreti, Hamri Bahini lead.
Hamri Bahini Haat Bazar aims to promote the ‘pesticide-free’ products produced in the localities in and around Kathmandu Valley and market them in Kathmandu. For the test phase it has also brought few Kgs of lemon and potato from Kagati Village (where Hamri Bahini is working) in Nuwakot at different intervals of time.