JUMLA, May 11 -- It has not been very long since Samjhana Devkota of Talichaur village started vegetable farming. Just like other village folks, she was accustomed to growing only crops in her field before.

"I never thought that growing vegetables could be so profitable. Or else, I would have done this before."

The middle-aged woman is financially sound despite discontinuing her studies at a young age. She not only sends her kids to a good school but is also capable to give loan to relatives and neighbors.

"I save around Rs 150,000 in a year. This amount means a lot in this village," she said.

Except for a little break time which she takes for household chores, Devkota gets busy in her vegetable farm from dawn till dusk. But working i...