Embedded amidst the majestic Himalayas, Nepal is one of the most extraordinary and beautiful countries of the world. The small nation is a hotspot for biodiversity. In the ancient Ayurvedic tradition the Himalayas are known to be a treasure chamber of medicinal plants. Nepal is an agricultural country, in which 80 % of the population make their living through farming. Sustainable and organic approaches for land use have become a vital piece in protecting the country’s precious natural resources and unique beauty.
Farm Partner since:1989
Certificates:

Certified Organic Agriculture

Specialities:supported by PRIMAVERA since start up

The fragrance of the himalayas

Since 1989, PRIMAVERA has been actively conducting the Nepalese agricultural project Shambhala, in the southern fertile plains around Terai. Close to Biratnagar, certified organic grasses and herbs are cultivated for PRIMAVERA, including basil, tulsi, lemongrass, palmarosa and citronella.

In Nepal, over ninety percent of the population relies on agriculture to make a living. But the Nepalese environment is threatened by unsustainable land use. Since 1960, woodlands have been reduced by forty to fifty percent. Organic cultivation is important for sustaining Nepal’s agricultural traditions, protecting the land and water from further degradation by pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Additionally, organic farming plays an important role in supporting the farmers’ economic situation. In Nepal’s mountain region, in the villages of Masting, Kapti and Hulak, more than 100 people harvest and distill “high mountain oils” for PRIMAVERA.

EXPERT KNOWLEDGE ABOUT OUR FARM PARTNERS

„Many of Nepal’s traditional medicinal plants are endangered nowadays. Supporting the sustainable cultivation of indigenous plants is therefore a significant contribution to the country’s ecological and economical health."

Ioanna Mantzouki
Purchasing Manager
This farm partner is

Plant Expert

for the following plants
  • Lemongrass

    Lemongrass grows on steep scopes and stabilizes the ground with its roots. When harvested, it is simply cut off, in order to sustainably protect the ground from erosion. Our lemongrass is harvested by hand as part of PRIMAVERA’s collaboration with BIO BHUTAN and is distilled on-site in small, transportable distilleries.

  • tulsi

    Also known as the “holy basel of India”, the ancient Tulsi herb is said to be one of India’s holiest plants. Similar to the European Basel, Tulsi essential oil is often applied to relieve anxiety, lighten the heart and lift the spirits.