Here comes the season for winter crops and some business learning’s: Training on cultivation technology of winter season vegetable crops and agro business literacy in SAFII
Lack of knowledge and techniques in agriculture farming restricts farmers in increasing productivity and causes severe economic losses to them. The situation gets even worse when farmers have a tough time finding buyers as their production is not demand driven compelling them to settle with low price. With no track over their cost of production, farmers usually have to bear loss as they do not have any negotiating power over buyers. Realizing this gap, ISAP with support of Peace Winds Japan and JICA has been conducting training on cultivation technology of winter season crops and business literacy for all the Farmers Groups (FG) under SaFII project at Chautara, Sindupalchowk. The training kicked off on August 28, 2018 from Namuna Chautara Krishak Samuha, Chautara Chhap which was facilitated by Dr. Ram Chandra Bhusal, Team Leader, Mr. Anjesh Shrestha, Agriculture Officer and Mr. Abhinab Chaudhary, Agro business officer. At present, training to ten FGs has already been delivered.
The training is divided into two sessions: First session covering the cultivation technology part aims to transfer the theoretical knowledge on cultivation practices of winter vegetable crops such as cauliflower, cabbage, beans, radish and broad leaf mustard. Topic covered here are appropriate variety, seed rate, spacing, recommended dose of fertilizers and plant protection measures. Second session covering business literacy part aims to make farmers understand concept of expenses, income and profit and make them able to calculate their own cost of production and income /loss through proper record keeping. In addition to this, the importance of demand driven production, collective marketing and various actors of agricultural value chain is highlighted briefly. The training will be delivered to 20 FGs.