Post disaster, deaths and injuries as well as damages to buildings and service delivery stations, greatly affected agriculture service delivery. As per the National Planning Commission report, the post disaster recovery needs for the period covering 2015-16 in agriculture inputs alone is estimated to be NRs 2,755 million.
An infographic of the gradual progress and milestones in the pig sector after Samarth-NMDP's intervention to uplift the sector.
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.
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.
Samarth is constructing 15 community seed storage facilities in 3 districts: Makwanpur, Tanahu, and Lamjung, in response to the April/May 2015 earthquakes with support from UK aid.
Samarth built 1000 livestock sheds in 3 districts - 600 in Makwanpur, 300 Lamjung and 100 in Tanahun, in response to the April/Ma y earthquake with support from UK aid.
A market assessment conducted by Samarth-NMDP in the far-western region of Nepal confirmed that poor linkage between smallholder farmers and the market is a major constraint in the sector, particularly in the hills and mid-hills of Nepal. Traders operating in these districts typically collect vegetables only from those farmers close to their collection points. Farmers of remote villages have no option but to walk for hours to reach the main market.
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.