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.