Enhance AV capacity to provide better services to farmers

Samarth-NMDP developed an intervention to enhance the capacity of agro-vets by strengthening the overall body responsible for delivering the training (PPD/PPOs). On analysing the underlying constraints contributing to poor productivity at the smallholder farmer level it was determined that information channeling on the use of CPI products and crop diseases were outdated as well as incentives being misaligned (sales being driven by company-based commissions for pushing the products in the market).

Adapting to Market Evolution - A Dynamic Approach

Due to the lack of feasible or suitable business model for this area in Nepal, wholesalers and traders in the region have little incentive to invest in smallholder farmers as the majority of them are unable to meet the demand of the traders/wholesalers. The Samarth team’s studies highlighted that the major issues both farmers and traders were facing collectively was a failure to successfully aggregate vegetables as well as access the market itself.

Slaughterhouses create Market Linkage and Market Assurance to smallholder farmers

Majority of small pig farmers of Nepal are from marginalized underprivileged groups.  As per the agriculture census of 2011, there were 5, 40,000 households rearing pigs (mostly less than two) in Nepal. When the pig program of Samarth-NMDP was launched in 2012, there were only 40 registered pig farms. Today, there are more than 1200 registered pig farms scattered around the hills and the plains of Nepal.

Training on maintenance and repair of agri-machineries to improve after-sales services

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. 

First slaughter-shed in Dharan ensures hygienic and quality pork

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. 

Building capacity of plant protection officers to promote judicious use of crop protection inputs

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).

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