CONNECT District Manager, Sher Bahadur Bohara delivered cost of production, price setting and sales strategy training to 84 Yuva Vayus in our business partner PACC’s downstream supply chain. These determined women will now lead by example and disseminate their learning to hundreds of fresh vegetable farmers in PACC's supply chain.
Krishna Budha, a seed farmer and CONNECT Yuva Vayu in HSPC’s supply chain gave a spotlight talk to Yuva Vayus in Belpata Dairy Co-operative’s supply chain. The event, CONNECT’s first spotlight talk, was an opportunity for cross learning and aimed to inspire future female community leaders. Krishna is active, driven and confident. President of the seed farmers group in her community she endorses the profitability and necessity of quality seed production. She is proud that through agriculture she has been able to sustain her family and provide proper education to her children.
Another 30 women in Achham have started trading as Unilever Hamri Didis (HD), investing NPR 360,020 between them. Read more about Hamri Didis.
CONNECT’s business partner, STOS has added eight poultry farmers to their downstream supply chain. Demand for fresh poultry meat within Doti exceeds STOS’s ability to deliver from their existing downstream suppliers and the shortfall is met by importing poultry from Terai districts. Additionally, demand for subsidized poultry feed, a benefit STOS is able to offer to farmers in their supply chain, is strong and growing. Hence, with support from CONNECT, STOS are expanding and have identified eight farmers to join their supply chain.
5 irrigation ponds (3 new and 2 repaired) have been completed in Malika, Dailekh to the benefit of 159 farmers in CONNECT partner, Hatemalo's downstream supply chain. Final investment at project completion is NPR 10 lakhs by CONNECT with NPR 9.2 lakhs sourced from the local community (in cash and in kind), NPR 2 lakhs from DADO, NPR 1 lakh from a local cooperative and NPR 0.7 lakh from VDC. A public audit was completed last week, in the presence of DADO Dailekh and Irrigation Division Office, Dailekh and registration forms have been submitted.
“With access to pond irrigation, I can grow more onion seed. I expect to increase my onion seed production from 25kg to 60kg this season, earning NPR 60,000.”
Krishna Budha, seed farmer and CONNECT Yuva Vayu.
In partnership with Narayan Campus, Dailekh CONNECT has established a Future Entrepreneurs’ Club (FEC). The club, which aims to be a forum for peer to peer learning and mentoring and for students to hear success stories from the region and wider, is the second of its kind. The first CONNECT FEC was opened in partnership with the National Academy of Science and Technology, Dhangadhi earlier this year.
Samir Newar, Managing Director of Organic Mountain Flavor delivered a training session for the 32 Yuva Vayus in his supply chain yesterday (you can read about Yuva Vayus here). The women received training on the principles of organic agriculture, cost of production and price setting, value chain financing and communication. A first step on their journey to becoming leaders and role models within their communities.