A Glimpse of CEAPRED

Established in April 1991, CEAPRED is a leading national developmental NGO of Nepal. It is probably the first non-governmental organization in the country to work on agricultural sector. Ever since its establishment , CEAPRED has consciously and consistently focused on sustainable poverty reduction and enhancement of food security and livelihoods of the poor, disadvantaged and deprived families, including small and marginal farmers, of rural Nepal. CEAPRED’s approach to poverty reduction consists of promotion of new and better economic and livelihood opportunities at the local level and linking these opportunities to the markets. Some examples of CEAPRED’s initiatives, which have been most widely recognized and referred to, include commercial off-season vegetable production program launched in eastern Nepal in the early 90s and commercial vegetable seed production program currently in operation in several districts of Nepal.

Over the past nearly two decades of its operation, CEAPRED has implemented 70 development projects, most of which concern with income and employment generation through commercial high- value agriculture and agro-enterprise promotion. Creation and expansion of new market infrastructures and channels and strengthening the commodity value chains have been an integral part of the project strategy. CEAPRED has directly worked with around 170,295 families in 60districts of Nepal. The incomes earned by the participating families are estimated at several billion rupees annually. Over the years, CEAPRED has grown in institutional and professional strength, size and coverage. CEAPRED has its own built and well-equipped central office premises in Lalitpur and moderately equipped rented field offices in 22 districts managed by more than 305 full-time staff. Currently, the annual financial transaction (budget) of CEAPRED is equivalent to US$1.6 million.

 

 

Fish Farmer to a Thriving Fish Entrepreneur

Chetra Rekha Tharu lives with her family of eight in Patkhauli -5 Sapahi, Rupendehi. She owns two ponds measuring 6 and 1.5 katthas constructed with the financial aid from fish mission Program of DADO Rupendehi. Both ponds were used for table fish production. After the implementation of ANEP- Aquaculture she came in touch with the Aquaculture officer of the project and was then selected as a new aquaculture service provider. She became the team member of the nursery and hatchery owner and was provided training on fish nursery. She was one among those farmers who visited Bangladesh to learn quality fish seed production techniques including visits of other hatcheries and nurseries of Nawalparasi and Rupendehi district.

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Due to the constant support and encouragement from ANEP staff she finally started the aquaculture nursery from this year 2013 and also hired one permanent labor from August to assist her in her fish farm. She contracted different hatcheries and bought hatchlings of different carp varieties and raised fingerlings which later she supplied to 225 farmers of nearby VDCs. Out of the total 225 farmers to whom she sold the fingerlings 41 were the Value Chain HHs and 184 were ANEP-Aquaculture beneficiaries.

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This year her recurrent total expenditure was around Rs 38,000 and gross income from the sale of fingerling was about Rs 1,50,000 making her Net income Rs.1,12,000 which is a promising income for the first year.

Chetra Rekha’s husband who supports her in the nursery including her whole family is happy with the income and plans to continue this enterprise extensively in the coming year.