YAP Proposal #220: Integrated Organic Farming (Kiran Timilsina, Nepal)

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I see an agribusiness that is profitable, healthy, and environmentally friendly. My motives are for developing ecopreneurship and organopreneurship along with agripreneurship.

I am Kiran Timilsina, a self-motivated visionary young man of 21, from Kaskikot, a rural place in Nepal situated 8 km west of Pokhara. I am doing my bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Agriculture at the Agriculture and Forestry University, Rampur, Chitwan.

I have dreamt for a project that is profitable, healthy, and environment amicable. The only realistic prospect for my dream is doing agribusiness that can fulfil all these three objectives. For this, I, along with my family, am producing organic products on our land for two years.

Here in Nepal, today’s agriculture in the name of high production is flooded with chemical fertilizers and pesticides that are not only degrading soil health but also human health and sustainable production.

This problem is now becoming more severe in rural areas. And the market is searching for healthy products not poisoned with any additives. Health consciousness has become aroused in consumers, so they prefer organic products over conventional and are ready to invest a little more to obtain it.

Glancing over this scenario: along with my family of six, we are engaged in the production of organic vegetables (cucurbits, cole crops, brinjal, tomato, and leafy crops) and spices (chilies, onion, and garlic) all year round on about 20 ropanis of land here in Kaskikot, 8 km northwest of Pokhara.

Organic manure is obtained from livestock that we rear. We used to supply our products to nearby Pokhara, via local transport. Now consumers have shown their keen interest to buy our organic products from the field. For the past six months our products are being sold from the field. Hotel entrepreneurs come to our field to buy our organic products.

To exploit this craze by hotel entrepreneurs, I devised a project, ‘Integrated Organic Farming’, with the intention of producing organic vegetable products along with establishment of a vermicompost plant and an organic lunch spot for tourists.

Currently, we are not able to supply more than half of the total demand. In order to meet the demand we would lease extra land around our field, which is fallow and cheap. To meet the manure need we will contract local farmers. And other innovative motive for this project would be the establishment of a vermicompost plant.

Hotel entrepreneurs, when they come to fetch our organic product, would come along with the decomposable waste produced in their hotel. This could be fed to earthworms and processed further to obtain vermicompost that would be a source of organic manure for production.

The farm is connected to the main road to Pokhara, where more than 100 tourists travel, because it the road to Kaskikot, a venue for parachuting, and it is the best spot of rural tourism. There are not any managed lunch spots for tourists. So my further steps would be establishing organic lunch spot, targeting foreign visitors and promoting rural tourism. This would not only be a source of income but a way to advertise my farm products among them.

Water for irrigation is available for seven months (from May to October) from natural springs. In order to manage irrigation during the dry period we have recently constructed ponds for rainwater collection.

Recently we have planted more than 100 Sajiwan cuttings (Jatropha curcas), from which biofuel can be extracted—after processing their seeds—to be used for running machinery tools on the farm. This motive would be innovative and completely ecofriendly.

Additional organic manures are easy to obtain in villages. Farm Yard manure can be contracted with farmers, and this would be source of income for local people. Vermicompost plant setup would utilize the degradable wastes products produced in hotels, which would be brought to our farm when they come to buy our organic products. This would be beneficial for the management of urban decomposable wastes and a source of organic manure in our farm.

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For additional labour, we would employ local people in our village, who remain spare most of the time currently. This would create employment opportunities at the local level, raising their living standard. Later, a co-operative organization can be established to boost economic sustainability.

Pokhara is one of the dream cities for many foreigners who visit Nepal. And this is the basis for the hotel business. The increasing health consciousness and demand of tourists means the hotels seek organic products. So our market would be those hotels.

Initially we use to supply our products to Pokhara with the aid of local transport, but now hotel entrepreneurs themselves come to fetch our products on contract basis and there is competition among them as supply is below demand. This has lessened the three to four hours of time and the manpower needed along, with the cost of transport, which can be utilized on our farm for further production.

Previously, we used this land for production of rice, wheat and maize, and the production obtained from there was enough to fulfil family needs. But now, after we started producing organic vegetables, the situation has reversed and we are able to make a certain income from the field.

A little investment can bring a lot of changes and create lot of possibilities, if we became able to exploit the situation to fulfil total demand. This farm can be run on a sustainable basis if it could be upgraded to managed integrated organic farming, supplemented with other eco-friendly measures.

With regard to the expenses of USD 5,000, it will be mostly used for initial inputs.

USD 1,500 for farm machineries and tools
USD 750 for setting up small-scale vermicompost plant
USD 500 for irrigation system set-up
USD 750 for inputs, like seeds of improved varieties, FYM
USD 1,500, for establishing a thatched house and other materials necessary for the organic lunch spot for tourists. This would be made by utilizing locally sourced resources, like bamboo, straws, etc.

Agripreneurship will never make me millionaire but this business is more about the lifestyle I want for myself, for my family, and community.

 

Blogpost and picture submitted by Kiran Timilsina (Nepal): kiranfreedom13[at]gmail.com

The content, structure and grammar are at the discretion of the author only.

 

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262 thoughts on “YAP Proposal #220: Integrated Organic Farming (Kiran Timilsina, Nepal)

  1. There are many such marginal lands in Nepal, If we exploit them as projected in this project, they are of much value. There is immense possibility to earn from these land if agriculture practice are modified.
    Organic food for healthy life.
    Thumbs up for supporting ecology too in this project.
    Best of luck.

      1. It’s very good my brother all of young generation do this kind of workin our country nepal best of luck

  2. Reblogged this on IPAT-NEPAL and commented:
    This proposal is based on promotion of not only organic agriculture but market oriented sustainable agriculture along with promotion of rural tourism, ecopreneurship and agripreneurship. Support for this project.

    1. Yeah what nepal need is agriculture cum agri business, and promotion of rural tourism via agriculture and this can be done for better development of NEPAL. THANKS for your ideas and support.

      1. Great concept regarding organic farming
        As pesticides and chemical fertilizers degrades land quality too
        Best of luck…..
        Hope you get the possible outcomes

  3. Kiran you have done a nice job. This will ultimately help the farmer. Initiation is done and outcome will fortunately be in your hand.

  4. Dear Kiran,
    Its a nice concept.thanks for supporting ecology in relation to agri business.
    best of luck.

  5. nice initiative kiran.
    a great salutation for your logics.
    you can do this if you are not selected.
    hopefully ecotourism.ruraltourism and entrepreneurship.
    yes to agricultarist.

  6. Dear Kiran (bro),
    Its a nice to see u getting involved in such a productive project which would be beneficial to expand the agricultural production in a healthy and peace relieving way to accommodate all the human beings to their right of getting food supplies for living healthy and longer life ..
    And also wanna say Thanks for ur kind proposal to me for being a part of this dreamt project ..
    Keep it Up…

  7. Your work is appreciable to me. This will definitely inspire many youth of Nepal to involve in agriculture work. You are doing good initiation. Best ok luck.

  8. dear kiran bro,
    health is wealth, and at present people are superconscious about their health. agriculture is the backbone of human health. for good health these sorts of sustainable agriculture approaches will contribute.. behind every challenge there is an opportunnity… all the best..

    1. obvously in the name of development we are not considering environment, this project if launched not only ecology is preserved but, also tourism is promoted in developing countries like nepal.

  9. organic farming works in harmony with nature rather than against it. good concept kiran bro. best of luck.

  10. Now in the mame of agri business We are harming nature. This projection is innovative in many ways. N’est wishes.

  11. Good Concept Kiran. Really this idea will helps to improve the livelihood of typical Nepalese farmer….

  12. Nepal should sooner or later forge towards the organic revolution. For this we youth could be the initiator.
    Hats off for your initiation

  13. marginal lands in nepal can be best utilized as projected in this proposal best of luck kiran bro.

  14. An innovative approach Kiran vai. This is the need of present generation. Youth like you are the stimulator for this type of this projects. if not selected in this program you should make this happen. Best of luck Kiran brother,

  15. Organo preneurship, eco preneurship, agripreneurship and rural tourism, what a concept. Will it be feasible with that budget. Hope it must be a dream project in Kaskikot. Youth like you must motivate for this type of initiation. Great going kiran vai.

  16. Dear Kiran,
    Wish you the best for tis best ides.
    Rural areas in Nepal do bear immense possibilities. If we youth come up with the ideas like this and if there will be a source to act on it then many thing can be done in field of agriculture here in nepal.

  17. Nice concept bringing sound ecosystem and economical agriculture together.
    Good luck bro !!!
    #thumbs up.

  18. Prolific, relevant and just boom..
    An outstanding proposal ….
    Innovative and quite sustainable too..
    I wish you a very best bro

  19. organic farming is base of suatainable agriculture, agribusiness over it can be base of sustainability.When organics,youth,and business work together its possible.go ahead bro

  20. Great concept … organic farming and proper market oriented. . Could lead to a way to sustainable agriculture. .
    Nice concept. .. ecology sound

  21. Its a proper way to utilize locally available manure for growing environment friendly and healthy plants..which also help to get a huge return. Best of luck for a well established organic enterprise.

  22. This is the first proposal I have seen and I can’t wait to see if the others are this well thought out, logical but nevertheless creative and ambitious! Remember people ‘commenting’ gets 5 points whereas a ‘like’ only 1.

  23. Youth like you are the source of inspiration for nepalese people and emerging agricultarist. Innovative concept brother.

  24. Dear Kiran,
    I have seen great possibilities and oppurtinties via this project. Many youths of Kaskikot are gone to foreign land for earning. I f youth like you take a lead to those youth and create a platform to promote agriculture it ould be good imitiative. I din’t like the way of this competition. It would have been better if they have shortlisted certain proposals and published for voting. If not selected also you must launch this project. Best of luck.

  25. Your approach is great. supportive family. Now you must take the support from the local youths who are remains spare must of the time in rural area. best of luck bro and support for GFAR for searching ideas in youths, it being the way to express their future trends towards agriculture.

  26. I randomly glanced over other proposals and found your proposal combining 3 to 4 ideas of others. Its nice concept but will you be able to do it by that budget.

    1. BUDGET matters. as it uses locally available materials,it would be cheap. we have already invested some, now that would be enough, further income can be achieved through it.

  27. You are the change maker !! This is what we need to do for sustainable agriculture!! great concept.. keep it up …

  28. I like the idea and see that it can quite profitable. Hope people will get conscious of organic food and promote its development.

  29. Well Kiran, hope this must be your future target program for future. You may be the initiator of organic revolution initiator in Nepal. Your thinking are sustainable, As your professor I am ready to assist you.

  30. Organic farming is a science within itself that conventional farmers can learn while they transfer their capital resources and skills to master a trade that can be even more profitable than conventional farming.

  31. Organic farms can support substantially higher levels of wildlife especially in lowlands and where animals can roam pastures or graze on grassland. Not only does wildlife benefit, but entire ecosystems and ground water are improved by simply following organic farming methods.

  32. Organic farming practices not only benefit farmers and consumers; but the dairies can benefit. When dairies feed their cows organic feed and graze them on organic fields, the cows experience better health, less sickness, diseases and ultimately produce better tasting milk for consumers.

  33. Organic farming promotes soils that are teaming with life and rich in micro nutrients which can be used for decades to grow crops virtually year round in many parts of the world.
    initiative concept bro

  34. Consumers purchasing organically grown foods can taste the difference and see the quality of virtually any organic product they buy. Regardless of minimal price differences, consumers can smell, taste and see the difference in the quality of organically grown food products.
    Good concept bro.

  35. Organically grown products are free from harmful chemicals, artificial flavors and preservatives that ultimately cost consumers money when they purchase non-organically grown products. You can always taste the difference between organically grown and conventionally grown products.
    tHIS IS THE POSITIVE ASPECT OF THIS PROJECT ALONG WITH

  36. These aspects are prounced in your proposal:
    1. organic farming
    2. vermicompost plant
    3. micro hotel
    4. rural tourism
    5. planting of sajiwan source of biofuel
    6. eco promotion
    7. rural employment creation
    8. income provision in rural farmers
    9. Use of spare people
    10 waste management and a lot more.
    what a perspective, what a thought, me best wishes with you either you be selected or not in this project.
    I completely read some of proposal and founf it effective.
    Carry on dear kiran.

    1. CORRECTLY HIGHLIGHTED THE POINTS. tHIS MAKE ME READ THE BLOG ONCE. good and long vision of kiran timilsina. hope the organizer qualifies these sort of innovation than like or posts in the page.

  37. Really great concept brother,this type of concept should be addressed by the government,nice thought proud of you brother.

  38. Great thought brother keep going and this short of concept should be addressed by the respective field,

  39. Yeah its a great concept as our country based on agriculture.There are many possible outcomes regarding agriculture and the market managements.
    Great idea regarding organic farming

  40. I love how innovative these plans are especially in regards to finding a market niche that creates so much opportunity for the the farm and local economy as well as for the tourists!

  41. Looks like a good project Kiran. The fact that you are studying agriculture would make it even better. Where exactly is it in Kaskikot? All the best for its success.

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