Participatory Vegetable Seed Production Program

PROJECT LOCATION Dhanusha, Surkhet, Baitadi, Dolakha and Banke Districts
PROFESSIONAL STAFF 5
OTHER STAFF 25
NAME OF CLIENT/DONOR Royal Danish Embassy
NO. OF PROFESSIONAL MAN MONTHS 120
NO. OF OTHER MAN MONTHS 600
START DATE (Month/Year) July 2000
COMPLETION DATE (Month/Year) June 2002
APPROX. VALUE OF SERVICES NRs. 45,842,275
NAME OF ASSOCIATION FIRM, IF ANY:  
NO. OF MAN-MONTHS OF PROFESSIONAL STAFF PROVIDED BY ASSOCIATED FIRM: Not Applicable

NAME OF SENIOR STAFF

Dr. Ram K. Raut is the Project Coordinator and responsible for the implementation, supervision and monitoring of the proejct activities.

NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

The project, funded by Royal Danish Embassy is being implemented in Dolakha, Baitadi, Surkhet, Dhanusha and Banke districts of the Kingdom. The major development objective of the project is to reduce poverty and promote economic growth. As such, the goal is poverty alleviation and sustained economic growth. The former will be achieved by involving the poor farmers of rural and remote areas in commercial vegetable seed production and through the supply of quality vegetable seeds to the existing fresh vegetable growers located in more accessible areas.

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES PROVIDED

  • Mobilise, organise and technically train 2000 farmers in different aspects of production, post harvest handling, storage and marketing of vegetable seeds.
  • Establish model farms at different agro-climatic zones to produce breeds and foundation seeds and to sustain seed production activities.
  • Establish and strengthen a seed unit within CEAPRED to provide technical backstopping and other services to the farmers for seed testing, labeling and marketing on a sustainable basis.
  • Produce and market at least 100 tons of different varieties of vegetables.
  • Co-operation and collaboration with other line agencies.
  • Capacity building of participating farmers through training, visits and support in infrastructure development.
  • Institutionalisation of cooperatives and seed wing.