VEGETABLE SEED PRODUCTION I-II

PROJECT LOCATION Baitadi, Surkhet, Kavre, Dolakha, Dailekh, Salyan, Jajarkot, Dadeldhura, Ramechhap, Khotang and Okhaldhunga Districts
PROFESSIONAL STAFF  
OTHER STAFF  
NAME OF CLIENT/DONOR Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) 
NO. OF PROFESSIONAL MAN MONTHS  
NO. OF OTHER MAN MONTHS  
START DATE (Month/Year) January 2004
COMPLETION DATE (Month/Year) December 2010
APPROX. VALUE OF SERVICES (CHF) 1,450,000
NAME OF ASSOCIATION FIRM, IF ANY: SQCC/MOAD
NO. OF MAN-MONTHS OF PROFESSIONAL STAFF PROVIDED BY ASSOCIATED FIRM: Not Applicable

NAME OF SENIOR STAFF

 

NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

The Project focused on poverty reduction and livelihood improvement which has remained a major challenge in Nepal’s developmental goal. Agricultural development and rural employment generation through market-led commercial production and marketing development of high-value agricultural produce has been recognized as one of the principal development strategies for achieving above goal. Vegetable seed is one such important high value commodity having vast production and marketing potentials in both domestic and export markets; due to favourable agro-climatic conditions. Realizing this fact, SDC extended its support to CEAPREAD for the implementation of the second phase of the project; which was implemented in 8 districts since year 2007 for the duration of four years. Farmers especially poor and disadvantaged started producing and selling quality vegetable seed after the implementation of the program. Seed sector policy framework was also improvised to allow increased vegetable source seed production either from NGO or the private sector. The increased household income begun to show immediate impacts in terms of  enhanced house hold level food security, increased investment in  household supply, medicine and education, increased investment in livestock purchase and house repair, and to some extent, investment in additional land purchase. Twenty-five cooperatives were established which were functional in the areas of seed production and marketing. As envisaged in the phase plan, government took initiatives to reform seed regulations aiming at establishing a sustainable seed system in Nepal.

Nature of services provided, approach/methodology applied:

  • Group formation, groups organized into cooperatives
  • Trainings from production till marketing
  • Facilitate for pre-contract agreement for demand based production
  • Special focus on internal quality control and truthful labelling
  • Established model farms at different agro-climatic zones to sustain seed production activities and conduct trials/research