A cold storage with a capacity of 7,500 tons built in Banke with an investment of more than Rs 25 crores is now operational. In a short amount of time, approximately 60% of the cold storage was used for the storage of fruits, vegetables, herbs, seeds, and food grains.
A modern cold storage facility with a capacity of 7,500 tons has been built at Janaki Gaonpalika-4 of Banke to preserve the quality of vegetables, fruits, and herbs.
The cold storage was built with a Rs.25.39 crore investment from eight private investors. This is the largest and most advanced cold storage facility in western Nepal. It covers an area the size of two bighas.
Nepalgunj Cold Store and Ware Housing Pvt. Ltd. built the storage, which contains four chambers. Vegetables, fruits, and herbs can be kept at different temperatures in each of the four compartments. According on the season, the store will charge roughly Rs 1 per kilogram for storing one kg of fruits and vegetables for one month. A generator has also been installed in the cold storage to keep the temperature stable 24 hours a day.
Following the establishment of the cold storage, entrepreneurs from various areas of Karnali began storing apples, oranges, peanuts, and potatoes.