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Vegetable and Cereal Seed

Focus districts are heavily dependent on external sources of supply of seeds and there is a shortage and lack of timely supply of high quality seeds. There is high demand for quality seeds and a requirement to promote and preserve suitable drought resistant local seeds.

There is potential to build trust among subsistence farmers to cultivate a reliable supply chain and to trigger the growth of a commercial seeds industry while also developing sources to enable import substitution to meet local demand.

Business Partners:  DAFACOS and HSPC

Programme activities leverage technical talent and skilled farmers to demonstrate the commercial viability of investing in set up and scale up of the commercial production of high quality, drought resistant local seeds, to meet local and regional demand.

Achievements in F.Y. 2016 - 2017:

  • DAFACOS's downstream supply chain expanded to include Doti, Achham and Bajura
  • 314 farmers with buy back contracts with HSPC
  • 5 irrigation ponds have been completed in Malika, Dailekh enabling year round irrigation access for 159 of HSPC's downstream suppliers
  • 1 year agreement signed with Pawan Agriculture Collection Centre for supply of 154.5 kgs of seeds and with Nepal Agro Seed and Input Suppliers, Chitwan for 36.2 MT of seeds
  • HSPC completed building of a storage warehouse

Listen to Krishna Buda, a member of HSPC's downstream supply chain, talk about her experience of seed farming in Dailekh in this episode of Bikash Ko Bato.


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