Samarth-NMDP has recently completed an in-depth research in Kathmandu, Everest, Langtang and Annapurna regions on “Identification and Formulation of a Proposed System for the Registration of Rural Tourism Enterprises.” In connection with this, Samarth has been carrying out wide consultations with relevant stakeholders to come up with valid, practical and achievable recommendations for the simplification of the registration process of the SMEs.
Samarth-NMDP is committed to sharing its best practices and lessons learned. In this section, you will find our most recent updates from the field, various case studies, research as well as more technical documents related to our programme.
The Kathmandu Kora Cycling Challenge is a yearly event started by Social Tours in 2011. Starting with just 35 riders who rode a 50km trail around Kathmandu and raised Rs. 0.45 million for charity, it has now grown to a massive 3000 rider event that has raised over Rs 5 million in its five years of running. In an effort to promote this event and to establish the standards that Great Himalaya Trails (GHT) adheres to, this year Samarth-NMDP supported the event with a promotional video and in making the cycling routes informative and standardized with signage boards along the trails.
Half-day training on water test kit operation by the supplier to the hatcheries was held on 3rd and 5th June, 2016, at Fisheries Development Centers (FDC) of Bhairahawa and Janakpur respectively. The main aim of the program is to train the hatcheries to operate water test kits and interpret results so that they can provide the same service to farmers.
An eight-day adventure travel guide training programme, the first of its kind in Nepal, was organized by Samarth-NMDP in co-ordination with Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and Wilderness Medical Associates International starting 13th June, 2016 to 20th June, 2016.
In order to strengthen the after sales services of agri-machineries, Samarth-NMDP is currently working with Department of Agriculture Engineering (DOAEng) and private sector partners to build the capacity of motorcycle and pump-set mechanics to expand into repair and maintenance of agri-machineries. The first phase of the ten-day training was held from May 10th to 19th where 20 mechanics from 20 different districts from all across the nation were trained on the premises of DoAEng in Kathmandu.
As part of Samarth-NMDP’s ongoing ‘Enhancing Quality Standard of Raw Milk’ intervention in the dairy sector, it is currently working with dairy stakeholders such as dairy associations, dairy cooperatives and its chilling centers, and the Department of Livestock Services (DLS) to improve the quality of raw milk. Four ToTs were organized to train 90 nominees from milk collection/chilling centres in May 2016 in the selected GMP pilot sites. Click the button below to read more:
Access to finance has always been a limiting factor in the sales of small agriculture machinery. Farmers don’t have easy access to finance and hence are not able to purchase machines that reduce cost and increase productivity. Providing access to finance at a reasonable interest rate could potentially lead to increase in the use and sales of agriculture machinery. To connect local financial cooperatives with agriculture machinery suppliers, two workshops were held on June 1st and June 2nd in Ilam and Jhapa respectively. Click the button below to read more:
VRC slaughter-shed, the first of its kind in the eastern region of Nepal, was inaugurated amidst a small function in Manglabarey, Dharan, on 28th May, 2016 by the Regional Directorate of Livestock Services Dr Sudarshan Prasad Regmi. Smallholder pig farmers of surrounding areas will be the sole providers of pigs for this slaughter-shed based in Dharan – the largest city in terms of pork consumption.
A study on raw milk supply chain, supported by Samarth-NMDP and conducted by Dairy Industry Association (DIA) and Central Dairy Cooperative Association Nepal (CDCAN), confirmed the need for improvement in the quality of raw milk for the commercialization/industrialization of the dairy sector. Key stakeholders of the sector were unanimous on the necessity of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) across the entire value chain of milk production as a prerequisite to maintain the quality of milk.
Better feeding practices with the use of adequate nutritious green forage for dairy animals have been recommended by experts as a solution to the poor productivity of the dairy farming businesses in Nepal.
Smallholder farmers have very limited knowledge on crop diseases, pest problems, and its treatment. These farmers either rely heavily on products offered by retailers or do not apply any treatment at all. In most instances, it results in up to 30% loss in overall crop yield. The limited information they get on disease infestation on crops and its treatment is provided by agro-vets and plant protection officers (PPOs).
Even though seed is the single most important input for all fish farmers, very little had been done to retain the gene purity of the brood stock. This has led to in-breeding and cross-breeding of brood stock. Small fish farmers who access low quality seeds face high mortality and poor growth rate of fish.
To catalyse the process, Samarth facilitated a public private partnership to develop a mechanism both for distribution of pure brood stock to private hatcheries and for cost sharing and monitoring.
Samarth-NMDP had conducted the first ever frozen semen artificial insemination training for grandparent seed stock (GPS) farms that maintain pure breed of pigs on June, 2014 by importing exotic and superior breeds like Berkshire, Duroc, Large Black and Hampshire from Swine Genetic International, USA. The aim was to address the problem of excessive in-breeding, leading to low quality pigs throughout Nepal. Five GPS farms - government and private - have already started frozen semen AI.
The aim of Samarth’s Crop Protection Inputs (CPI) sector is to ensure that smallholder farmers have affordable access to information on crop protection inputs and are able to make informed decisions on their purchase and use, in order to enhance their productivity.
Study Tour to New Zealand
In order to catalyse it’s initiatives, Samarth aimed to sensitize the decision makers from the government and other important stakeholders of the industry about trail management and planning through practical exposure to an international destination has addressed every aspect of trails and greenways.
A field visit was planned for His Excellency Richard Morris, British ambassador to Nepal, in Kaski district from 10 to 11 December, 2015, to showcase Samarth’s work in Pokhara and Dhampus, particularly in pig and tourism sector respectively.
Samarth-NMDP in partnership with the Nepal government, organized a government level visit with the Bhutanese government to discuss trade opportunities between the two nations. With the local economy dwindling due to the earthquake, the political embargo disrupting the already existing markets and the importance of exporting goods a key factor for a sustainable economy, this bilateral trade talks with the Bhutanese government is a step towards opening doors to better opportunities for future growth.
Following the April earthquake, Samarth-NMDP - through its GHT campaign - ramped up its marketing efforts in order to lessen the impact of the earthquake on the 2015 tourist high season. Samarth partnered with Adventure Travel and Trade Association (ATTA), an association that promotes adventure travel throughout the world, to create a themed week – Adventure Week Rebound Nepal - to promote positive global media attention.