Buying rice was tough in Kathmandu in 1960s.

April 15, 2022

Nepalese men line up to buy rice in Kathmandu in the 1960s.

Rice was the most expensive of all grains, and even in places like Kathmandu, it was the preferred choice of grain for the ruling class of Ranas and other elite groups. However, in the villages, the only people who could afford rice were village heads and rich families.
Up until the 80s, the domestic demand for rice was so low that the majority of rice produced in Nepal was exported. In fact, rice was the country’s largest agricultural export. But from the mid-90s through the early 2000s, the demand for rice began to soar. From the mid-2000s, demand ballooned.
Photo: Michael Wolgensinger.
Courtesy of: @photomuseumnepal