Thursday, 15 September 2016
"An apple a day not only keeps the doctor away, but also is one of the key fruits with the potential to generate income and employment in the mountainous and poor districts of Western Nepal."
Apple farmer Shanti Shahi is busy harvesting the fruits on her farm in Chandannath village. Production may have dropped sharply this year, but Shahi is not much worried about that. “We are getting a good farm gate price this year, and it has compensated for any drop in output,” she said. The farm gate price of apple has been fixed at Rs60 per kg for this season, double last year’s Rs30 per kg. However, the market price was Rs50 per kg last year. Like Shahi, all the farmers in Jumla are busy picking the organic apples. The harvest season begins in late August and lasts till mid-October. The District Agriculture Office said that apple production in Jumla dropped sharply by 25 percent to 3,000 tonnes this year due to a long drought last winter. However, farmers are being compensated by good market prices.
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.