Agriculture Nutrition Extension Project - Aqua Culture

PROJECT LOCATION Rupandehi and Nawalparasi
PROFESSIONAL STAFF 1
OTHER STAFF 2
NAME OF CLIENT/DONOR World Fish Centre
NO. OF PROFESSIONAL MAN MONTHS 32
NO. OF OTHER MAN MONTHS 96
START DATE (Month/Year) April 2012
COMPLETION DATE (Month/Year) November 2014
APPROX. VALUE OF SERVICES 324,3920 USD
NAME OF ASSOCIATION FIRM, IF ANY: International Development Enterprises (IDE) UK, Nepal and Bangladesh, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT); International Rice Research Institute (IRRI); International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management Inc. (The World Fish Center); Centre for Environmental and Agricultural Policy, Research, Extension and Development (CEAPRED); Community Development Centre (CODEC); Save the Children; Backwardness Education Society (BES).
NO. OF MAN-MONTHS OF PROFESSIONAL STAFF PROVIDED BY ASSOCIATED FIRM: Not Applicable

NAME OF SENIOR STAFF

Mr. Chandra Kanta Devkota is responsible for implementation, supervision and monitoring of the project activities.

NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

The European Union (EU) supported “Agriculture Nutrition Extension Project (ANEP)” is being implemented in two districts of the Western Development Region of Nepal, namely Nawalparasi and Rupendehi. World Fish is implementing the aquaculture component of ANEP in collaboration with CEAPRED in Nepal. ANE- Aqua Culture project is initiated with the specific objective of Improving the food security and nutrition of smaller households by introducing & facilitating the adoption of productive and environmentally sustainable agricultural technologies which improve beneficiaries' livelihoods, and Create /improve market linkages to improve food & nutritional security of both rural producers & urban consumers in project districts of Nepal.

The ANEP –Aqua Culture targets are;
  • To cover 600 HHs (nine VDCs) in Nawalparasi and Rupendehi region.
  • 720 poor HHs practice new sustainable aquaculture technologies for increased consumption and marketing
  • Training of farmers on new technologies on small fish
  • Develop and strengthen public and private institutions to extend new technologies utilizing market development approaches and PMCA
  • Develop and improve market linkages between rural and urban areas


The concept of demonstration is central to the strategy of the aquaculture component in recognition of the importance of effective technology transfer among direct and indirect project beneficiaries. The project plans to use demonstration farmers as informal extension agents beyond their role as model demonstrators of the activities.

It is comprehended that Small indigenous fish species (SIS) can make an important contribution to meeting the nutritional requirements of the poor thus considering micro-nutrient deficiencies in the rural population in Nepal, World Fish and CEAPRED disseminated culture techniques for production of SIS with carp in ponds. The species on which project has placed greatest priority are mara, daduwa and sidra which are very rich in Vitamin A, calcium, iron and zinc.

One of the most important aspects of the project is Improving market access for better selling prices, it is found that in most cases the farming households of the region are not able to get good selling prices of their products due to poor communication with marketing networks. The Particpatory Market Chain Approach (PMCA) that the project is following will help improve the market access of the farmers and will eventually assist them to gain greater benefits from their produce.

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES PROVIDED

  • In the Y1 186 HHs were covered
  • Formation of aquaculture farmers’ groups, mobilizing farmers’ groups for new pond construction and rehabilitation of existing ponds
  • Allocated a small amount of money varying from NRS 3,000 to NRS 5,000 for the rehabilitation of the old ponds and construction of new ones, and to supply quality inputs (mainly fish seed).
  • Out of 181 ponds 38 were newly constructed and 148 were rehabilitated.
  • Identifying and supplying of fingerlings and other inputs, setting up of aquaculture demonstrations,
  • Preparation of SIS brood ponds, preparation of a draft technology manual for extension staff and farmers, training of the project staff, conducting capacity building trainings of farmers, facilitating farmers’ group meetings, providing technical support to farmers
  • The project has introduced pond dike vegetable cultivation on the dikes of newly constructed ponds and also on the dike of old rehabilitated ponds where trees are not planted.,
  • A noteworthy achievement of the project is the high participation of women in the aquaculture program. Among the 186 aquaculture households, male and female participation stands at 51% and 49% respectively.