Agriculture is the mainstay of Nepal’s economy. It comprises one-third of the nation’s GDP and provides employment for two thirds of the population. Among Nepal’s natural gifts are agricultural diversity and varied topographical, altitudinal and temporal conditions, making the land suitable for, among any others, medicinal herbs and essential oils. Nepal’s altitude ranges from just 59 meters at Kechana Kalan in the Jhapa district to 8848 meters at Mt. Everest, the world’s highest point. The country also shares an open boarder with five adjoining Indian states comprising approximately 350 million people, a huge, duty-free market for agricultural products.
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