• Second day of the refresher training conducted successfully

    The second day of the refresher training for leader farmers has been completed successfully. The program which started with review of the first day was followed by session on cultivation technology of seasonal vegetables facilitated by Mr. Arun Kafle, Senior Horticulture Development Officer, Vegetable Crops Development Center. During his session participants particularly showed keen interest in grafting technology of plastic house tomato and Mr. Kafle clarified to the participant that finding a root stock resistant to nematode and bacterial wilt is a major existing challenge in grafting. Then, Ms. Kranti Rai, Agriculture Economist, Agriculture Knowledge Center briefly talked about the crop insurance and existing government subsidy policy for vegetable production/marketing at local level. Participants got an opportunity to learn about existing subsidies provisioned for farmers like them and were clear on procedures to be followed to tap those subsidies. It was then followed by session on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques of major disease and pest management of seasonal and off seasonal vegetables facilitated by Mr. Ram Krishna Subedi, Senior Plant Protection Officer, Plant Quarantine and Pest Management Center.

    Dr. Ram Chandra Bhusal, Agriculture Expert, SAFII highlighted on the roles and responsibilities of leader farmer and introduced the concept of agriculture value chain among the participants. As the project is in the final year of operation, considering the importance of sustainability of project he emphasized on the importance of collection center and co-operatives for the farmers group.

    The training was concluded very fruitful by participants as they got an opportunity to learn and brush up on new technology, knowledge and skills. “If we do cultivation in 200 ropanies of land, we qualify for the pocket area which makes it easier to get government subsidies,” said Ramesh Gajurel, Pragatisil Farmers Group. #JICA #ISAP #PWJ

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