• On Nov 19, 2019

    Agro Business Literacy Training (SAFII)

    Production is half the work done for producer/farmer, whereas the other half consists of marketing the product so that it reaches the consumer. Understanding this essence of marketing and business literacy, with an objective to enhance understanding and awareness of basic business concepts
    that maximize profits and improve production a two-day training consisting of an interactive curriculum that helps small scale producer farmers in taking a more commercially-minded approach to their farming activities was conducted.

    It was held on 14th and 15th November 2019 at Chautara, Sindhupalchok with the overwhelming participation of 33 farmers of twenty FG’s. Although it was a refresher training for few farmers it was new for many other farmers who didn’t participate last year. Mr. Suresh Kumar Dahal's consultant for Agriculture Enterprise Development took over the training for two days. During the training farmers participated in role-playing, simulation and other exercises to practice
    business concepts, experiment, take risks and use creative problem-solving techniques in a safe environment. Participants applied lessons learned through these activities to develop a business plan for their individual farming businesses. Major concepts covered include farm business
    cycles, record keeping, planning farm business, purchasing decisions, basic cash flow, assessing
    costs and benefits, grading and packaging as well as savings and credit.

    In addition to that to act as a bridge between farmers and local trader/ Agri input suppliers, a discussion session was also conducted. Where Mr. Kumar Shrestha, Trader for Chhap Collection Centre and Maya Shrestha, Agrovet Trader of Maya Veterinary Centre have participated. The discussion helped farmers raise their issues and problems while fulfilling the gap that existed between them.

    P.S Participant farmers after the training are expected to apply the knowledge gained on their own farm business and also share them with the fellow farmers of their respective FG’s.

  • On Nov 13, 2019

    "Vegetable Collection Centre at Chhap Beings to Function"

    SAFII constructed truss based collection centre at Chhap for Namuna Chautara and Nawajagaran Farmers Group and jointly inaugurated under the presence of local government representative, PWJ/ISAP and local community on October 2, 2019. The collection centre has recently started coming to function from November 8, 2019.
    Collection of seasonal and off-season vegetables such as tomato, cauliflower, radish, capsicum, beans etc. is done every day from 4 PM to 6 PM in the evening. Mr Kumar Shrestha and Mr Khadak Bahadur Shrestha have taken the responsibility of collection. They weight the farmers vegetable production and keep the record of the amount of vegetable brought by farmers and their respective price. The daily market price is written on the rate list of collection centre and farmers get the price as per the list.
    Before the collection centre was established farmers had to carry their produced vegetables to the market by themselves and the price was not ensured as well. With the establishment of this centre not only they are ensured to get the market price but can also save a lot of time and effort hard way applied to sell those vegetables.
    Till date, 19 farmers have been bringing their produce daily to the collection centre. The minimum quantity of one product taken from a farmer till date is 400 gram. The payment for the farmers produce is done after 15 days for now but they are planning to make the payment every week. They are further planning to bring the vegetables from other Farmers Group (FG's) if the local produce will not be sufficient to meet the market demand.
    We are very hopeful for its success and maximum utility by our beneficiaries.

  • On Nov 5, 2019

    ISAP is having Birthday Mania and this week we would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to our Assistant Agricultural Officer Ms. Deepika Adhikari. We wish you a very wonderful and productive year here in ISAP and in your life.

  • On Nov 4, 2019

    SAFII had been organizing various exposure visits in different places within the country for the project beneficiary farmers but this time, on the 30th of July, 2019, beneficiary farmers got this new opportunity to have their first international exposure visit to Japan which was a part of the Activity included in SAFII. Since both Nepal and Japan are mountainous countries with an increasing trend of depopulation in the context of agriculture, steps reflected in Japan's strategic planning to lessen the depopulation in terms of agriculture was an extremely important indicator of the visit as Nepal is suffering from the same as well. The team comprising of the SAFII team of 8 people, 4 farmers, 2 project staffs, 1 government official and 1 translator traveled two prefectures namely Hiroshima and Shimane of Japan to showcase the agricultural practices adopted in Japan’s depopulated areas which can be easily replicated in our beneficiaries field i.e Sindhupalchowk.

    To share the visit experience, a visit review workshop has been planned for November 12, 2019, with an aim to disperse experience and exposure of the participant farmers among other fellow farmers.

    ISAP is thankful to JICA and PWJ for providing such a great opportunity for our beneficiaries and staffs which we are sure will have a multiplier effect.

  • On Nov 1, 2019

    Introducing Farmers with Information and Communication Technology in Agriculture:

    Apart from our regular activities, considering our beneficiary farmer's interest and rising need for information and communication technology in the field of agriculture SAFII team organized one-day training on the basic use of ICT in Agriculture for selected participant farmers at Melchaur, Sindhupalchowk on October 21, 2019. The training included the basic use of smartphones for agriculture purposes. Selected beneficiaries having a smartphone and internet access were facilitated on checking the weather forecasts for irrigation, pesticide application and other agricultural operations. Similarly, they were facilitated on checking websites for daily vegetable market prices for e.g., the daily market price of Kalimati Vegetable Market. Farmers were guided on using different applications for packages and practices of different crops along with their respective disease diagnosis and pest identification with their appropriate management strategies. They were also provided information on different toll-free numbers where they can raise their problems regarding agriculture. Even if some of the farmers have access to these facilities they were unaware of a method to use it. We found our farmers very much interested to learn these all technology and implement in their farming practices. With this success, the SAFII team is planning to conduct this training on a big scale in the next phase of the project.

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