Wild fruits and Vegetables Explorer

Providing platform for people for easy access to wild fruits and vegetables

We would like to provide a platform for rural people to utilize wild fruits and vegetables either in fresh or processed form as their food.

Use Case

High proportion of wild fruits and vegetables end up lost and rotten in the forest due to ignorance about their role in food security and also due to poor access to such fruits and vegetables. In such case, the potential users of our platform can be poor and marginalized people especially of rural origin living near the forest areas. Our project is expected to provide a platform to such people for their easy access to wild fruits and vegetables by providing them knowledge about the technique of proper harvest and their utilization in fresh as well as processed products.

Potential

Nepal is rich in large varities of wild fruits and vegetables. However, people are ignorant about the value of such fruits and vegetables as the source of staple food as well as nutritional source. That is, they are confused whether to consume such fruits and vegetables because of ignorance about their edible nature. In this regard, we would like to provide a platform for them to make wild fruits and vegetables within their access by spreading information about their edible value and also the method of consumption either in fresh form or by applying certain home based processing techniques.

Business Case

Consumers are deprived of consuming wild fruits and vegetables due to their rare availability in the market due to poor marketing facility. Even if these are available in the market, people have to pay higher prices for buying such fruits and vegetables. Considering such circumstances, we would like to explore such fruits and vegetables and make them easily available in the local market. Since all these fruits and vegetables cannot be consumed in fresh form, we would like to apply cost effective and home based technology for their processing and supply their processed products to the local market in optimum price so that all kinds of people whether rich or poor can utilize them as nutritional and dietary source.

Objectives:

  1. To reduce the unnecessary wastage of wild fruits and vegetables by utilizing them as the source of dietary and nutritional source.
  2. To encourage people to make optimum utilization of wild fruits and vegetables and familiarize them with the technique of their processing.
  3. To supply the processed products of wild fruits and vegetables such as edible balls, jam, jelly, nutritional powder to the local market.

Team AGRI PROMOTION

Chitwan, Nepal

Our Team

Making Tamarind balls; our small achievement / Published March 26, 2018 by Pradeep Khanal

Making Tamarind balls; our small achievement

Despite the heavy fruiting of tamarind near our university premises, none was conscious about its consumption. They used to become vanished in rotted form into the soil instead of reaching into the mouth of university students. One day, we thought about an idea of harvesting of these tamarind fruits and processing into edible balls.

At first, we were doubtful about the success of our attempt on processing of tamarind fruit into edible balls. With the gathering of our courage, we managed to get involved in its processing. After the successful completion of our attempt on its processing, we got a positive response from both the university students including our friends, seniors and juniors as well as professors. They became so much grateful for our attempt and encouraged us to get involved in such type of work.

We are further hopeful for the success of our attempt in overcoming the unnecessary wastage of locally available fruits and vegetables which are of high nutritional and medicinal value.

Indigenous Fruits; Basis for Food Security / Published February 26, 2018 by Pradeep Khanal

Indigenous Fruits; Basis for Food Security

Large proportion of wild and indigenous fruits has gone wasted. Most of the people are ignorant about their method of consumption, nutrition status and other beneficial aspects. They generally get hesitated to follow their consumption practices as a result of confusion regarding their edible status.

These indigenous fruits have been found in decayed and spoiled condition in spite of being utilized to fill the hungry mouths. On the other hand, many people especially of weak economic background are found to be suffering from starvation. In this regard, indigenous fruits can be boon to such people as they are locally available and can be consumed free of cost in the way that they have sufficient information about their method of consumption. They can be used for fresh or table purposes and also as staple food. These fruits can also be used in processed forms such as pickles, jam, jelly, nutritional powder, etc. They have also high value in medicinal purposes. So, our duty comes in processing these fruits using technology suited to home condition, supplying these products to the local market and encouraging people to increase the consumption of such fruits and applying simple and cost effective technology for their processing in their own home condition.

Some of the indigenous fruits found in Nepal and their possible processed products are listed below :
1. Tamarind : juice, balls, jelly
2. Nepali hug plum : pickle, medicinal powder
3. Himalayan Raspberry : juice
4. Chestnut : Flour as staple food
5. Anola : Pickles, nutritional powder

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote under-exploited fruits and vegetables of Nepal and minimize their loss by adopting cost effective technology for their processing to convert them into palatable form such as nutritional powder, pickles, jam, jelly and juice to fulfill dietary and nutritional requirement of rapidly growing population, to make those products easily available in the market and encourage local people to apply such technologies in their home condition.

Our Background

Our team consists of 5 members of undergraduate students of Agriculture currently studying at Agriculture & Forestry University (AFU), Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal. In spite of being rich in various wild but edible species of fruits and vegetables, these haven't reached to access of the people due to the lack of appropriate harvesting and processing technology. So, we are participating in this challenge with the aim of supplying processed form of wild but edible fruits and vegetables to the people.

Making Tamarind balls; our small achievement / Published March 26, 2018 by Pradeep Khanal

Making Tamarind balls; our small achievement

Despite the heavy fruiting of tamarind near our university premises, none was conscious about its consumption. They used to become vanished in rotted form into the soil instead of reaching into the mouth of university students. One day, we thought about an idea of harvesting of these tamarind fruits and processing into edible balls.

At first, we were doubtful about the success of our attempt on processing of tamarind fruit into edible balls. With the gathering of our courage, we managed to get involved in its processing. After the successful completion of our attempt on its processing, we got a positive response from both the university students including our friends, seniors and juniors as well as professors. They became so much grateful for our attempt and encouraged us to get involved in such type of work.

We are further hopeful for the success of our attempt in overcoming the unnecessary wastage of locally available fruits and vegetables which are of high nutritional and medicinal value.

Indigenous Fruits; Basis for Food Security / Published February 26, 2018 by Pradeep Khanal

Indigenous Fruits; Basis for Food Security

Large proportion of wild and indigenous fruits has gone wasted. Most of the people are ignorant about their method of consumption, nutrition status and other beneficial aspects. They generally get hesitated to follow their consumption practices as a result of confusion regarding their edible status.

These indigenous fruits have been found in decayed and spoiled condition in spite of being utilized to fill the hungry mouths. On the other hand, many people especially of weak economic background are found to be suffering from starvation. In this regard, indigenous fruits can be boon to such people as they are locally available and can be consumed free of cost in the way that they have sufficient information about their method of consumption. They can be used for fresh or table purposes and also as staple food. These fruits can also be used in processed forms such as pickles, jam, jelly, nutritional powder, etc. They have also high value in medicinal purposes. So, our duty comes in processing these fruits using technology suited to home condition, supplying these products to the local market and encouraging people to increase the consumption of such fruits and applying simple and cost effective technology for their processing in their own home condition.

Some of the indigenous fruits found in Nepal and their possible processed products are listed below :
1. Tamarind : juice, balls, jelly
2. Nepali hug plum : pickle, medicinal powder
3. Himalayan Raspberry : juice
4. Chestnut : Flour as staple food
5. Anola : Pickles, nutritional powder

Our Team

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote under-exploited fruits and vegetables of Nepal and minimize their loss by adopting cost effective technology for their processing to convert them into palatable ...Read More

Our Background

Our team consists of 5 members of undergraduate students of Agriculture currently studying at Agriculture & Forestry University (AFU), Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal. In spite of being rich in ...Read More

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