• On Oct 12, 2018

    ISAP was awarded with a certificate of appreciation at the felicitation ceremony organized on the 9th of October 2018 by the ward office of Sunkoshi Rural Municipality – 06 in collaboration with Mahendrodaya Secondary School. The event was chaired by Mr. Mohan Bahadur Basnet, Former Parliamentarian and Former Minister of Information and Communication, Nepal Congress Party, Mr. Shrawan Kumar GC, Mayor, Sunkoshi Rural Municipality – 06 and Mr. Ram Kumar Thapa, Ward Chairperson, Ward -06, Sunkoshi Rural Municipality. The certificate was awarded to us for the successful completion of the first phase of Project for Improving Water Access (PIWA) which has improved the access to safe drinking water for over 1200 residents of the area and also for our contribution in providing on-field exposure to the overseer students of Mahendrodaya Secondary School which has helped them in understanding the lessons better.
    In this picture, we have the District Coordinator of ISAP, Mr. Gopi Krishna Dangal getting felicitated with a Khadaa and a certificate of appreciation from the distinguished guests, Mr. Prem Dhoj Lama (Right) and Mr. Hari Sharan Shrestha (Left), Central Committee Members of Nepal Congress Party (NCP). Mr. Dangal received the certificate on behalf of ISAP. Such expression of gratitude and acknowledgement of our efforts from the local level government, project beneficiaries and other project stakeholders has motivated us to work harder and bring better results in the communities in the days to come. We take this opportunity to thank the Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Japan and Peace Winds Japan for entrusting us with the responsibility. We are also thankful to our team members for their unquantifiable efforts in making this project successful.
    Our special thanks to the district team members; Er. Sushil Adhikari, District Technical Coordinator, Mr. Chitra Bahadur Shrestha, Water Supply Technician and Mr. Netra Prasad Dangal, Social Mobilizer for their hard work and dedication that resulted to the successful completion of Phase I.

  • On Sep 9, 2018

    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.

  • On Aug 6, 2018

    Small Agro Farmers Exposure Visit

    Mr. Bishnu Prasad Aryal, president of Aryal Tole Krishak Samuha, Chautara Sanghachowkgadi Municipality-11, Ayaal Gau Sindhupalchwok sharing his experiance about exposure visit to different commercial plastic house tomato farm that has been recently conducted for second group in Nala and Panauti, Kavrepalanchowk.

  • On Jul 23, 2018

    Seeing is believing: Farmers exposure visit to commercial plastic house tomato farms
    Exposure visit for first group of plastic house tomato growing farmers to different commercial farms of plastic house tomato cultivation of Nala and Panauti has been completed recently. The visit included participation of farmers along with the members of local government bodies Mr. Nar Man Shrestha (ward President, ward number 5) and Mr. Kamal Bahadur Shrestha (ward member, ward number 5) of Sindhupalchowk, representative from district agriculture development organization (DADO), Kavrepalanchowk, Mr. Bishnu Prasad Adhikari and representative from agriculture service centre, Banepa, Mr. Mukunda K.C., our agriculture expert Mr. Ram Chandra Bhusal and agriculture officer Mr. Anjesh Shrestha.

    Observations of farms doing plastic house tomato cultivation in around 15 ropani was done and interactions were made with the commercial farmers. Major subjects of discussion were how they have started doing tomato farming, their initial investments, major problems that have been faced (disease and pest problems and market problems) and their major market areas.

    Farmers got the idea about what commercial farming actually is and they were convinced that a single farmer can also do farming in 90 tunnels. They shared the problem that they are facing in their plastic houses and got the information about the practices that these commercial farmers are doing to solve those problems. Thus conducting such kind of visit time and again is very much convincing to the progressive farmers as they get to interact directly with commercial farmers.

  • On Jul 11, 2018

    A year round supply: Nursery management training for Off-season vegetable crops in SAFII

    Field-based training on “Nursery Management for off-season production of Cauliflower and onion has recently been completed at Khatrithok Krishak Samuha, Pragatishil Krishak samuha, Pokharebeshi Krishak Samuha and Nawajagaran Krishak Samuha of Khatrithok, Chilaune, Pokharebeshi and Chaap respectively, by our Agriculture officer Mr. Anjesh Shrestha and Ms. Deepika Adhikari, with the assistance of our social mobilizer Mr. Birendra Tamang.

    Based on the learning of previous training, the farmers of the above groups, prepared the land, incorporated the fertilizers, solarized the field for 10 days (covered the prepared area with plastic to kill weed, pests and pathogens) and soaked onion seeds for 12 hours before sowing seeds.

    On the day of the training, the farmers learned about raising the seed bed and building the tunnel in a way that prevents the seed from the rain, as rain water can lead to fungal diseases and rotting of seeds.

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