What are the Eco-Organic Farms?

The Dwarika’s Eco Organic Farms is an extensive natural farming project initiated by The Dwarika’s Group. The first farm is located in close proximity to Chitwan National Park, near Sauraha in Chitwan district. It is approximately 200km from Kathmandu, and is situated in the mid-Terai region of Nepal. Our second farm is being established in Darimbot, Kavre District, which lies on the rim of the Kathmandu Valley.

Nepal is rich with natural produce. In addition to our own production, we work with farmers in the different altitudinal areas of Nepal who are growing high-quality produce using natural methods that are not harmful to the earth.

Reviving a fruitful past

In the early 1960s, the late founder of The Dwarika’s Group, Mr. Dwarika Das Shrestha, acquired approximately 38 acres of farmland in Pithuwa-3, Chitwan district. From this time until 2008, the land was used by seasonal tenant farmers to grow cereals. As has been the case across Nepal’s fertile spaces since the introduction of agro-chemicals to the country, the farmers used synthetic fertilisers and chemical pesticides, which became commonly available in certain areas in Nepal, and encouraged faster yields. This rapidly became the conventional way of farming in many of Nepal’s widely cultivated areas; as the health and environmental costs of such chemicals were not known at the time, these were not taken into consideration.

From experience and information available about the merits and demerits of the mainstream farming system, we realised the need to revive our own system of farming, which is possible through eco-friendly approaches. The idea of this project is to grow as much of our own natural food as possible to supply our properties in Nepal, and eventually to supply to other outlets and companies beyond Nepal.

In 2009, we began to implement an eco-organic approach along with common agronomic and horticultural practices, which could enable us to revive collection and conservation of local varieties and cultivars of crops including grain legumes, oilseed, vegetables, fruits and medicinal and aromatic herbs. Beyond our own two farms, we are sourcing certain items such as high-altitude honey and beans to remote areas of Nepal where pesticides and artificial fertilisers are not being used.

We strive to make EOF a model farm. As our project is constantly evolving, please visit this site regularly to learn about our latest developments.