In a country where 81% of the population relies on agriculture,  around 83 %  of them have limited or no access to crop protection inputs (CPI) which has direct effect on productivity. The farmers who do use CPIs have inadequate knowledge of its proper use which results in overuse of CPIs leading to health hazards.

The crop protection inputs sector, therefore, has a huge market potential to increase the productivity of smallholder farmers and improve their livelihoods.  However, the CPI importers have networks only in commercial and peri-urban areas, making it inaccessible for farmers of remote hilly areas. This has resulted in the absence of Crop Protection Inputs in remote areas which has forced farmers of these areas to survive on subsistence farming.

Samarth-NMDP aims to improve the accessibility of high quality crop protection inputs to smallholder farmers by improving the marketing and promotion systems of CPIs  throughout Nepal.  Simultaneously, Samarth is also working on enhancing the capacity of Agro-vets through trainings to spread awareness of the importance and proper use of CPIs to the smallholder farmers.

Interventions:

  • Better Marketing and Promotion of CPI
  • Enhance Capacity of Agro-vets and/or JTA
Working Districts: 

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