影/第一次吃火龍果就愛上!尼泊爾電影人轉行當農夫|Nepali film producer found success in growing dragon fruit

曾經參與製作超過20多部電影的尼泊爾電影製人 Bhesman Shrestha 在四年前決定轉行投入農業,嘗試在尼泊爾種植「火龍果」。

Bhesman Shrestha, a cine artist and film producer who had worked on nearly two dozen Nepali films, decided to turn to farming about four years ago, experimenting with something that was new to Nepal — dragon fruit.

在一次前往馬來西亞的旅行中,他買了300多克的火龍果,第一次品嚐後就被它的味道所驚艷,並對這個異國水果產生濃厚的興趣,並萌生了在尼泊爾自己種植火龍果的想法。

His interest in this exotic fruit was piqued on a trip to Malaysia, where he enjoyed 300 to 400 grams of dragon fruit for the first time and was amazed by its taste, that’s when he decided he could grow it in Nepal.

隨後,他在尼泊爾購入約兩英畝的地,並投入約2千5百萬尼泊爾盧比(新台幣601萬)種植火龍果。現在,他每年賺約2百萬盧比(約新台幣48萬),產品還外銷到新加坡和澳洲。

He bought about two acres of land and invested 25 million Nepali rupees into this venture, currently makes two million rupees annually, even exporting to Singapore and Australia.

隨著火龍果的需求在尼泊爾國內增加,越來越多客人會大老遠跑到 Bhesman 的農莊,只為了買到最新鮮的火龍果。

As demand begins to grow slowly in Nepal, customers from far and wide would arrive at Bhesman’s farm to get the dragon fruit fresh off the field. 

有了他的成功創業案例,不少農夫也受到啟發,開始在尼泊爾各地種植火龍果。對此,Bhesman 也樂觀其成。他希望這項新作物可以為更多尼爾年輕人開創收入,成為一項穩定的收入來源。

Inspired by Bhesman’s success, some farmers have started cultivating this fruit in other parts of Nepal, which is something he is pleased to see.

Bhesman hopes this new crop can generate a stable source of income, especially for youngsters looking to leave Nepal. 

「我希望在尼泊爾,大家都能以低價吃到這個水果。我經營火龍果的事業,也希望這個產業可以茁壯,這樣以後大家就不用靠進口,反而還能透過外銷帶來收入」。

“I want people in Nepal to eat this fruit at a low price. As I am involved in farming, I want this to grow, so that we don’t have to go abroad, but we can bring money from abroad”.