Top 12 Traditional Agricultural Tools of Nepal
As the technology is progressing one might wonder what are the traditional agricultural tools of Nepal? Well, if you live in a city and you don’t know much about agriculture or maybe just the tools nowadays have become advanced and modern-getting to know the traditional agricultural tools of Nepal seems fun. Not only for the knowledge, but as the modern trend has followed a wave of ‘Kausi Kheti’ and you might just need some of the locally made traditional agricultural tool.
So without wasting any time, let’s get to know some of the traditional agricultural tools of Nepal which are still relevant and widely used across rural Nepal and some place in the Kathmandu Valley where people are engaged in agriculture.
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Traditional Agricultural Tools of Nepal
Kutto is regarded as one of the traditional agricultural tools in Nepal. The farmers use Kutto mainly in their garden or ‘Karesa Bari’ which is the space used to grow vegetables that are close to your house.
As kutto is relatively small than other tools used for digging, it is mainly used to dig on the ground once dug for planting seeds.
Kodalo is like a bigger version of Kutto. If you have to give relation call it the Brother of Kutto. As Kodalo is much bigger that Kutto, it is used to dig the barren land to make it ready for plantation.
Kodali is more of a streamlined tool. The Kodali has a wide base unlike Kodalo which is makes the work easy and efficient as while digging it pulls out large chunks of soil from the surface.
‘Hariyo Danda Mathi Halo Jotne Saathi”. Have you guys heard this song? If yes, does it ring the bell and takes you to the earthly rural vibes. Halo is an iconic traditional agricultural tool in Nepal. The action of digging referred to as ‘Halo Jotni’ halo in Nepali by placing the halo on the upper neck of Ox, who then drives the Halo with the direction of the person operating called ‘Hali’.
Chande is the hybrid version of Kodali and Kodalo. It takes the length of Kodalo and the design of the digging tool attached with the handle just like Kodali. If you are not quite comfortable with using Kodali for which you need to bend your back to work, try using Chande.
The Dalyatho is another traditional agricultural tool which has the wooden base used to mince and even out the field after getting the large chunks of soil which wad dug by using the tools like Kodali.
Basically, we can see the farmers use Dalyatho in the Bhaktapur area where farmers have neat fields where they plant vegetables.
This tool is specifically used while rice plantation. After the rice seeds begins to sprout farmers use Daande to help the sprouting plants caress firmly using Daande to help them sprout and not get too overcrowded.
The Khanti is a narrow rod like device with sharp edges which is used to make a hole on the ground. Mostly if you are building a hut or giving support to creeper plants by fixing poles on the ground, you need Khanti to dig deep on the ground.
9. Chuche Kutto
Chuche Kutto is mostly used on the garden to pick out the weeds by digging on the ground. They can also be used as an alternative of kutto if you don’t have one or in case it’s broken.
Doko is another widely used typical traditional agriculture tool in Nepal. Doko is like a big basket woven out of Bamboo which is used to carry things with the help of Namlo.
Like the two wheels of a cart, Doko and Namlo are indispensable. The doko is like a container basket and the tool to carry that basket is a traditional rope like thing which is put on your forehead called ‘Namlo’.
After harvesting the grains or food crops namely rice, wheat and the like they are left on the ground to sun dry called as ‘Biskun Sukauni’ which usually gets the moisture out of the grains. To help on this process, Khui is used to disperse the seeds on the ground. As the harvest are laid to sundry during the day and pilled at night, Khui plays utterly needed to make your work easy, effective and less time consuming.
There goes the lists of Traditional Agricultural Tools In Nepal. We hope knowing and reading about these tools might have informed you or in other instances given you a feel of nostalgia.