RMG Orientation to newly elected executive members of Raskot Municipaliy
by: RAP 3      on: 31st May, 2017

RAP DTA Kalikot organized a one-day orientation programme for newly elected executive members of Raskot Municipality on 26th May 017 under the  chairmanship of Mayor Mr Kashi Chandra Baral. RAP future plans were discussed as was the start of the RMG programme for routine and recurrent maintenance ahead of the monsoon on the Sannighat-Syuna-Shipkhana District road where a test drive was completed on 26th April 2017. At the end of the programme Mayor Mr Kashi Chandra Baral requested RAP to provide different training for uplifting local skills and ability. He heartily thanked RAP for giving a backbone road to the municipality and committed for taking its ownership of the new road’s future maintenance.

DTA Morang welcomes Graduate Engineer
by: RAP 3      on: 31st May, 2017

DTA Morang has welcomed an incoming Graduate Engineer Roshan Yadav on 21st May 2017. today. He has attended the office after earlier GE has left the DTA as he got scholarship to study Geo-tech in Thailand. On behalf of DTA, OM Mohan Pariyar welcomed him in the office. He joined RAP3 as an Intern in the end of 2016 and has served in two districts i.e., first half in Bajura and second half in Achham. He expressed his deep interest in serving the district by developing technical expertise in road improvement and maintenance sector of Morang’s DRCNs. DTA Morang wishes his good luck and a successful tenure in Morang.

Yuva Vayus in PACC’s vegetable supply chain complete level one training
by: RAP 3      on: 31st May, 2017

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.

Job card issued to SMG
by: RAP 3      on: 30th May, 2017

Job card has been distributed to all six groups of SMG in Dailekh. It contains information about SMG member, daily attendance sheet and other useful information for them. With the issue of job card, it has been easier for them to keep their daily records. This card provides details of the time taken by SMG to do the assigned work and can be used to track the progress of their work. SMG became very happy after receiving the job card. ” Now this card verifies that I am a SMG member”, said one of the members happily showing her card.

Feedback on new wage system from RMGs
by: RAP 3      on: 23rd May, 2017

The road maintenance groups have so far given a positive feedback about the new wage system in Sindhupalchowk that allows wages to be deposited directly to their individual accounts. The feedback was collected during site visits of SAMEs and GE in April and May. This method has been employed for wage distribution in the past four months. The members have particularly appreciated the flexibility and simplicity with which they can withdraw their wages and the reduced travel time. While this has indeed added some administrative burden for banks and DCC account sections, DTA Sindhupalchowk is currently working to simplify the process further by developing payslips and bulk entry system for easy entry and tracking. The new system was put in place in January, 2017 and has been continued since.

Yuva Vayu, Krishna Budha gives spotlight talk at Belpata Dairy Co-operative
by: RAP 3      on: 23rd May, 2017

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. 

30 Hamri Didis in Achham start trading
by: RAP 3      on: 23rd May, 2017

Another 30 women in Achham have started trading as Unilever Hamri Didis (HD), investing NPR 360,020 between them.  Read more about Hamri Didis.

STOS adds 8 poultry farmers to downstream supply chain
by: RAP 3      on: 23rd May, 2017

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.

Interns’ induction training
by: RAP 3      on: 10th May, 2017

An induction training was organized for the 9 LRN interns who were joined by 4 MHLR interns from 2nd May to 10th May 2017. The training was mostly delivered by TMO Graduates. Following the induction training the trainees had to sit for the mandatory LRN Examination, where Aadesh Baniya performed the best with a score of 96%. Each LRN intern will be assigned to one of the 9 RAP3 Core Districts and will be rotated at the midpoint of the internship.  

Back row (From left to right): Gagan Pandey, Nabin Khatri, Kiran Pandey, Usha Paudel, Vishan KC, Aadesh Baniya

Front row (From left to right): Gautam Khadka, Santosh Pandey, Pranjal Gautam, Binod Yadav, Susheel Yadav, Sanjay Sigdel

5 irrigation ponds completed in Malika, Dailekh
by: RAP 3      on: 10th May, 2017

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.