Spices from Nepal
The farmers/collectors of Nepal are new to commercial farming and collection. It has not been many years since they have started planning their crops to reap maximum benefit in terms of revenue. The farmers of the country still follow traditional ways of farming and cultivation.
The people who are engaged in cultivation and collection of such herbs and spices belong to different socio- economic backgrounds, most of them being having poor economic condition. These people depend on Community Forest User Groups (CFUGs) for their lands or collection.
The general spices found in a Nepali kitchen are similar to India except few. The households use, spices like garlic, ginger, large cardamom, cumin seeds, black pepper, mustards seeds and Sichuan pepper.
Table 1 Spices collected/cultivated in Nepal
Satya International has consistently supported these stakeholders with market assurance and fair practices. The stakeholder’s do not need to worry about their collection or produce.
The farmers of cultivated spices contact us once their harvest is ready. The product is collected from their premises to the company’s warehouse where further processing is done.
For collected spices, initially collection permit is taken from District Forest Office. The collection permit specifies the area, duration and volume of collection. Once the collection is done, the collector goes to
District Forest Office to confirm the collection. After that, he gets an exit permit from the district and brings the product to Satya warehouse.
The herbs and spices at Satya International are handpicked and manually cleaned. Women are the main driving force of Satya. They are responsible for the sorting, cleaning, packaging and exporting.