The forage video is used as a training material for showcasing forage cultivation as a commercial business and to inform dairy farmers about the benefits of feeding forage. It is targeted at smallholder dairy farmers who have very less information about forage cultivation and feeding practices. This may help potential farmers who want to engage in forage production, not only for their cattle but also sell surplus forage.
Case study video on ginger disease management in Makwanpur district of Nepal using the M4P ( Making Markets work for the Poor) approach. Disease Management is one of the interventions of Samarth-NMDP's ginger sector.
Marketing strategies adopted by importers of mini-tillers have, so far, not been able to reach out to the farmers of the hills in reducing their skepticism, informing the benefits of mini-tillers and making mini-tillers and repair services accessible. Samarth-NMDP has therefore, partnered with one of the importers of mini-tillers, based on their willingness and capacity, to pilot the business advisory services such as farmer-focused service provision, improved investment in after-sales and repairs, and collaboration with local government and extension officers for social marketing.
Samarth-NMDP has set out to lay the foundations for improving the enabling environment, for inclusive growth in the pig sector. A critical first step in this initiative was to bring together – for the first ever time in Nepal – public and private actors engaged in the industry, to identify challenges and issues facing pork production and marketing, with a long-term view to have the industry themselves drive the identification of critical policy issues required to unlock growth.
On July 2013, Chinumaya was approached by the agro-vet, to establish her land as a tomato demonstration plot for 2 varieties of high quality tomato seeds - Unsari and Shrijana - suitable for that specific ecological region, in ½ ropani of her land. Along with Chinumaya, 30 other farmers received training from the agro-vet on commercial vegetable farming, which included seed production, nursery management, integrated pest management and information on off-season vegetables.
In March 2013, Rojina was one of the many who attended a demonstration on disease management in ginger that was organized by Crop Pro Tech (CPT) - a private company that sells agricultural inputs. Earlier that year, CPT received training from Samarth-NMDP, a DFID-funded market systems development programme working to stimulate pro-poor growth across a range of agricultural sectors.
As part of adopting a market systems approach to development, Samarth-NMDP has been working with private companies to stimulate more sustainable access to quality forage seed for smallholder producers. In collaboration with public agencies, Samarth-NMDP has been helping to innovate a new business model for private seed companies to diversify into forage seed production and sales. Now, for the first time in Nepal, seven seed companies have begun a contract farming arrangement with seed multipliers for the commercial production of a summer forage seed.
In the mid-hills of Nepal, ginger farming is one of the most significant sources of cash income for poor smallholders. The net incomes of farmers involved in ginger cultivation is significantly higher than that in competing crops, such as rice and fresh vegetables. However, over a third of Nepali ginger producers fall below the poverty line, many of whom face both geographic and social exclusion.One of the most significant constraints facing producers relates to disease management – an estimated 50% of ginger farmers in Nepal suffer from disease in their crops.