Business prospect of Thakani
In my earlier post I mentioned about the predicament in Okhreni/Thakani. As my commute for data collection for almost like ⅞ days now, I was always observant to figure out what can be anticipated in this village. So here are some of them :-
a) Lapshi or hog plum: Choerospondias axillaris, known in English as the Nepali hog plum, is a tree in the family Anacardiaceae. It is a common fruit in Nepal also called lapsi. It is native to Nepal. The fruit is made into pickles, fruit tarts, and sour, spicy candy in Nepal. It is found extensively around houses, in the forest, almost everywhere because of the favourable climate. Many people don’t bother to pick up or hit with a slingshot because they have so much of it. The commercial production of lapshi can enhance the income-generating activities by organized industrial management. It brings the authentic taste of Nepal to the global market as well.
b) Bamboo basket or doko : Due to lack of enough land, fertilizers, lack of commercial transportation of food crops and Human Resources, many households complain about their main income source not being able to sustain their living. I have seen a lot of male preparing doko in their free time and women making hay carpet or Sukul which is a type of mat which is made up of hay (PARAL) and is long rectangular shape (long enough to seat almost 15 people in a single line). The commercial marketing of these local resources promotes the authenticity of Nepal as well as preserving our culture.
c) Harvesting oranges : As of 1987, orange trees were found to be the most cultivated fruit tree in the world. Despite being a good source of Vitamin C, Citrus is one of the most important fruit crops of Nepal in terms of area coverage, production and export potential. Nepal has high potentials for export of citrus fruits to the markets of the neighboring countries including China, India and Bangladesh due to high demands for Nepali oranges. In fact, Nepali oranges are the fruits of choice for the people living in the vicinity of these markets.
d) Commercialization of homemade millet whisky : Okhreni/Thakani being heavily inhabited by Tamangs and other ethnic groups who have cultural habit and tradition to drink alcohols especially local drinks with distilled Kodo, they have experience in preparing it while utilizing most grown crop at that place i.e, millet, it helps to promote Nepali ethnic drink on global market. Since a lot of women are active in preparing these drinks, women can have opportunity of earning.
e) Planting medicinal herbs : Migration and sparse population is one of the distinguishing characteristics of this ward leaving a lot of space for forest or any other medicinal herb. However, road transport is a major hurdle for it’s commercialization. But if this place gets connected to the capital Kathmandu from all Tol/Gaun here, then processing and plantation of important medicinal herbs can go hand in hand with pharmaceuticals as the climate is too favourable for its production.