Nepal imports vegetables worth Rs 60 million every day

File: Kalimati Fruit and Vegetable Market fruits and vegetables
File: Kalimati Fruit and Vegetable Market

Kathmandu, December 23

Amid reports that Nepal’s agricultural imports are excessively high, the Department of Customs has revealed another alarming fact: Nepal has been importing vegetables only worth Rs 60 million a day on average.

As per the statistics made public by the department on Thursday, Nepal imported vegetables worth Rs 8.59 billion in the past five months (mid-July till mid-December), which is Rs 60 million a day.

Among the vegetables, Nepal spent the highest amount of money on potatoes in this period. The department says it imported potatoes worth Rs 5.27 billion in the past five months.

Following potatoes on the list are onions (Rs 2.47 billion), green garlic (Rs 374.1 million), tomatoes (Rs 186.6 million), spinach (Rs 160 million), mushroom (Rs 71.7 million), pumpkins (Rs 10.4 million), carrots (Rs 4.1 million), capsicums (Rs 40 million), and beans (Rs 33.7 million).

Nepal has also imported cucumbers, cabbages and chillies in this period.

Nepal mostly imports vegetables from India, followed by Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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