I am Mr Bhishma Raj Regmi, 23, from Nepal. I have a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the Tribhuvan University. I am young energetic Nepalese youth interested in organic farming. I am a bit more close to organic farming as my background is farming which is indigenous where chemical fertilizer and pesticide are not used and my study too focus on it. I had seen and known many bad impact of chemical farming so this had trigger me to make my own village an organic village and save mine future generation. So I had purposed a project to make mine own village a model organic village.
Most of the male family member goes to India for employment which has supported by free visa system between Nepal and India. Most of the villages of western Nepal are male less; all the work is done by female member of family including agricultural work. Due to lack of guidance and knowledge they are still adopting traditional practice of farming which give less production and productivity is degrading.
They use inorganic fertilizer and pesticide in very amount and apply low quality organic manure like farmyard manure, compost; this condition will help to start organic farming. The chemical pesticide and fertilizer degrade the soil and health of consumer so today’s word is entering into organic world and the present Nepalese condition also favors the organic farming so my project will focus on development of organic village.
The return from the traditional agriculture is not so satisfactory and modern practice are no embedded in Nepalese agriculture in hilly region so the best option to derive more benefit through agriculture is organic farming. Nowadays people are aware of chemical hazards and prefer organic food to pesticide treated food though price is high.
For the people who are in need of alternative to sustain their life organic farming will be miracle to change their living standard. We will disseminate the whole package of organic farming to the people of village. The training will be given to them in every aspect of low cost organic farming like cultivation practice, compost preparation, insect pest and disease management and marketing.
The main problem of organic farming is marketing and cost so main focus will be given to marketing channel identification; marketing and low cost organic farming will be adopted. This will contribute towards sustainable source of income and improvement of livelihood of people. The locally available resource can be fully utilize in organic farming to prepare high quality compost, organic pesticide, organic manure and so on.
The low cost organic farming is newly developed technology by Nepalese farming institute in Nepal which will be effective and economical to people of hilly region. This technology will be taught to every interested people of village and bring them under the same umbrella as the input buying and marketing of produce will be easy and effective.
The low cost organic farming village is the model village in the country from where the organic product sold throughout the country. The main objective of this project is to make people aware of organic farming and increase their earning through it. The high value organic farming can be done with low cost inputs so that small scale farmer get more benefit form same piece of land.
The production and productivity will be increase in sustainable manner by the use high quality organic manure in their field. The farmer will know about the marketing policy and strategy as they will sell their product as a whole from collection center. This will help to uplift the living standard of people of that village. Ultimately the whole village will turn into an organic enterprise. The sustainable agro-enterprise will be established by the project as the soil and environment health will be improved.
The project will be implemented in the far western village of Nepal where female farmer will be the stakeholder in agriculture. We will select the 25 farmer of that village in the basis of their interest and the organic group will be created. We will help to register the organic group in District Agriculture Development Office of that district. The selected farmer will be made aware about the importance and possibility of organic farming in that locality.
Selected farmer will be trained in the different aspect of organic farming to build capacity and will be guided in the production process. The organic manure and pesticide preparation methods will be taught to farmer and organic manure industry will establish in long run.
The input material like jeevatu, polythene sheet, separating machine will be granted to farmer group. The collection center will be established in the village and the produced product will be sold from there in bulk. The effective marketing channel will be identified and linked to farmer of that village so that they can directly consult to buyer to sell their product.
- Entrepreneurship developed among villagers as they work in group.
- Villagers earning and living standard increase as the organic product get high price in market.
- Income generation alternative for small scale low capital farmer increase by low cost organic farming as it can be start with low investment.
- Low cost organic farming technology scaled up.
The project had targeted the small scale poor farmer as they are derived from the many opportunity and facilities. They will be benefited by this technology as it is simple to adopt and economical but gives more return as organic product gets handsome price in market. Organic group member will be directly benefited but other consumer will also be benefited through quality vegetables.
The health of consumer and producer will be improved as they will eat fresh and healthy vegetable. The neighboring farmer will also be indirectly benefited by the project as they can learn many more by seeing the farming practice in their neighbor’s field. Ultimately the country and whole world will be benefited by my project as it will be the beginning of today’s youth contribution to future organic world.
The provided amount will be invested in following area of my project
$500 for initial survey and soil testing
$1000 for capacity building through training and workshop farmers
$1500 for building collection center
$1000 for buying basic requirement for organic farming like jeevatu, polythene sheet, and simple machinery
$1000 for constructing and repairing irrigation canal in the village
The project is mainly concerned in organic production and marketing through low cost organic farming. It has targeted the resource poor people of one village through low cost farming of high value organic crop.
The low cost organic farming practice and marketing will be taught to farmers. This will increase the earning of small scale farmer and ultimately living standard will be increase sustainable manner.
Blogpost and picture submitted by Bhishma Raj Regmi (Nepal) –regmi.bhishma[at]yahoo.com
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