• Meet Shankar Dahal, our Udhyami Fellow for the ISAP Udhyami Fellowship (Poultry) program 2017- 3rd Cycle !

    Toiling for 8 years in Dubai, Mr. Shankar Dahal (on the Right) dared to return to Nepal in search of ways to be self-reliant. With few years of firsthand understanding of the market, he found that the investment he had could be enough to start a small-scale poultry farm. However, since he had zero skill and knowledge on poultry farming, he feared losing his hard earned money.

    In search of technical skills and business knowledge that would reduce his business risk as well as safeguard his hard earned money, he soon joined our Udhyami Fellowship program, a four to eight weeks apprenticeship program where we pair aspiring and small-scale agro-entrepreneurs with successful agro-entrepreneurs. He says, "There is a huge difference between frequently held 2-3 days agro-training and learning from a successful agro-entrepreneur.” He adds, “When you are in-the-farm training, everything happens in front of your eyes and you get a chance to be part of the process under the constant supervision of the expert. This way, it is easy to transfer technical skills and business knowledge into practice and later in behavior.”

    He recently graduated from our Udhyami Fellowship program and now he plans on starting construction of a poultry farm that can house 1500 to 2000 chickens in Nangalebhari, where he currently resides. Since the local market is already saturated, he is also developing a plan to bring his production to the capital-Kathmandu. Lastly, he shares, “If I had not attended the training, I could have faced lot of difficulties in farm management and marketing. The prices associated with poultry farming, from feed to chicks to chicken are always fluctuating. Therefore, I have come to the understanding that meeting the quality and demand of the customers or dealers is one of the best ways to derive higher return in the long-run.”

    ISAP team wishes Mr. Dahal a great entrepreneurial journey ahead.

    Progress Update:
    Dahal has now constructed the farm house and plans to start poultry farming with 2000 chicks. He is in the process to register the farm. He also has eight goats in his farm currently. He plans to increase both his poultry and goat rearing and start fish farming (Munge fish) from Falgun.

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