Mechi Zone

Coordinates: 27°10′N 87°55′E / 27.167°N 87.917°E / 27.167; 87.917
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Mechi Zone
Country   Nepal
 • Total8,196 km2 (3,164 sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5:45 (Nepal Time)

Mechi (Nepali: मेची अञ्चल Listen) was one of the fourteen zones of Nepal until the restructuring of zones to provinces, comprising four districts; namely Ilam, Jhapa, Panchthar and Taplejung. Its headquarters are at Ilam.[clarification needed] It comes under the Eastern Development Region of Nepal. The Indian state of Bihar is to the south, West Bengal and Sikkim in the east and Tibet to the north. The largest town is Damak in the Terai. The majority of the population in Mechi are Limbu, Chettri, Bharmin, Maithil and Meche.

Administrative subdivisions[edit]

Mechi was divided into four districts; since 2015 these districts have been redesignated as part of Province No. 1.

District Type Headquarters Since 2015 part of Province
Ilam Hill Ilam Province No. 1
Jhapa Outer Terai Bhadrapur
Panchthar Hill Phidim
Taplejung Mountain Taplejung

Among the four districts, Jhapa is in the Terai and it is more developed than the other three districts. Ilam and Panchthar are in the hilly region. Ilam is also in a developing stage, with many tourists visiting annually. Kanyam is popular for its tea garden. At Antu the rising sun can be viewed. Taplejung is the least developed of the four districts. Taplejung is in the mountainous zone.[citation needed]

There are two airports within Mechi: one in Bhadrapur and one in Taplejung.

Agriculture and industry[edit]

Mechi is famous for microcredit development. The Small Farmer Development Programme (SFDP) was the first rural and micro-financing program in Mechi. The Agricultural Development Bank started this SFDP in 1988. It started in a few VDCs and spread. After lifting many people out of poverty, the SFDP was handed over to the local people and the new institution was named Small Farmer Cooperative Ltd (SFCL). There are 13 SFCLs in Mechi, each of which covers a single VDC.

It is one of the major districts for the production of tea and rice. Budhabare is on the northern side of the Mahendra Highway and is one of the most fertile lands of Nepal. Mechi as a district is popular for the bittle nuts (Supari). Several large tea estate are in Mechi. Giri Bandhu Tea Estate, Burne Tea State, Tokla Tea Estate, Himalaya Tea State, Damak, Sattighatta Tea Estate are the major ones.

Mechi has different sorts of communication medium.

See also[edit]

27°10′N 87°55′E / 27.167°N 87.917°E / 27.167; 87.917