Vegetable Farming Made it Easy Treatment

Deepa is a poor family member who was a problem with food. She has a family of 4, a daughter and a son

Earlier, only eight thousand a month were earned by working wages, and now after 3 days of vegetable  training from Digo Bikash Samaj, she earn 3,000 thousand months. Her husband is working as RAj Mistri. A fresh vegetable producer group was formed under the Agriculture and Economic Development Project, in which she fulfilled her responsibilities while working as a member.

Currently, the vegetable has been growing in 6 katha for 6 months.  Twenty thousand monthly incomes are filled and this is fulfilling the daily necessities of the household and no one has to stretch out their hands. She says that at present I am completely satisfied with the vegetable farming.

She has now participated in training to earn knowledge skills through Digo Bikas Samaj. She is now able to keep a record book, do marketing, work as planned. She says that now, with the money I earn from farming, I am more careful about sanitation in the health of the family.

She adds that when paying wages, the lender would not pay enough to depend on others. She has grown into a daily necessity while growing her own vegetables.

She was able to get her husband to take her to the hospital every day when she was taken to hospital, she was able to by her medicines every day and thus get treatment. This event will never be forgotten.

In the past, only wage labor was done in the community, but now she sells fresh produce. Vegetables have been planted only for their own food and now business thinking has began to grow.

Growing Investment for Business

Chetram belongs to Ghodaghodi Municipality of Kailali District. He is now 42 years old. He lives in a family of 15 members. In this year he is become a chairperson of the group. His son goes to India for labour.

Before joining in the group he didn’t have confidence to dare pick up his house expenditure on solder. He used to work in the small farming field so that he can afford food to his family.  He didn’t keep the record in daily nor he know about the production plan so he had difficult to marketing his commodity. He said” before joining the group I used to product little amount of commodity for only home consume and distribute my neighbor without any cost. I didn’t know any new technology. But now I can keep the record and following the production plan. “

Before joining the group of he have no any idea for cultivation and farming. So he have suffer difficult in his life. When the Digo Bikash Samaj have implement the agriculture and economic development project he also informed and he decided to join the Agricluture producer group in his community.

The Agriculture and Economic Development project works to the producer group in the model of Local Value Chain. Through increasing income and net profit AED project have the taken the goal of the child wellbeing of the producers. Chetram have got the chance to entrance the Producer group of Fresh Vegetable Producer group. He got the different trainings of the cultivation and post harvest training. And decided to expand the farm area into 7 Kattha. He earned the 45 thousand in a season. He is very satisfied.

He invest in another business with the income of the vegetable farming. He have bought the Tent House. When the marriage season he install tent house in the several marriage.

Chet ram have increase savings and he is able to feeds their family as well as children education.

Excited and excited by the changing in life

Ram Lal lives in Ghodghodi Municipality in Kailali district. He has a family of five including wife, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Ram Lal is now 55 years old. He was earning his living. But today, they are earning a decent income by cultivating non-seasonal vegetables commercially.

He was selected in 2019 under the Agriculture and Economic Development Project with the financial support of World Vision International Nepal. After being selected, he underwent a three-day nursery house training and received some agricultural inputs from the organization. Ram Lal, who was interested in cultivating vegetables, used to cultivate vegetables but he did not know the profits or loss.

Ram Lal, who used to cultivate spices on 2 katthas of land in the first year, now he cultivating spices and vegetables commercially on 5 katthas of land. “There is no problem in marketing vegetables and spices. It has become easier now,” says Ram Lal. He added: “Market actors have made it easier for market. The traders come to my turn and buy vegetables. ” Ram Lal has managed to sell 680 kg of Khusani, Tomato and Cauliflower in one season and Rs. 60,000 from that. Have succeeded in earning. He says, “I got the profit about 150,000 annually. Till I earn my own profit. ” He have success to feed their family and children education well.

Excited and excited by the change in his life, Ram Lal says: “Sometimes I wonder why this program of Digo Bikash Samaj like vegetable farming, which provides financial opportunity to bring complete change in the life of a family like ours, has not come to our village before as well as my family’s life. Many thanks to World Vision International and the Digo Bikash Samaj for the great change. He has been thanking the program for the up lift of his family and for enabling him to solve life’s problems.

Nirmala Sells Vegetable in India

In the periphery of the poverty Nirmala grow her child hood. She got early child marriage. In immature she has got the so many difficulties and hurts. Developing her knowledge and capacity building on the Marketing and fresh vegetable cultivation she able to export her commodities in Indian market of border nearest. She goes to sell bean and green vegetable in the season and earn good profit. ­

Nirmala is from Bhajani Municipality. She is now 26 years old. She have 2 children one is belongs to Register Children in Sponsored program of World Vision International Nepal. There are 7 members in her family. Her husband supports her for cultivation in leisure time for preparation of supporter for vine vegetables. He do servant job in the Retailer Shop in the Lamakai (Highway market). Nowadays she works in her paddy crop put offing  grass. Her son goes to boarding school and reads in grade one.

She has no any land area in legally ownership. She cultivate in 10 Kattha Ailani Land (non-registered). Nirmala cultivates paddy in 6 Kattha and vegetable in 4 Kattha. She used to cultivate vegetable 1 katta it was limit only house hold consume. After the implementation of the project she has increased vegetable cultivation land area in to 4.

Before joining the group she didn’t know about vegetable farming. She used to ashamed to sell their production. She didn’t care about the rate of commodity and if she had to sell commodity she used to sell unknowingly. But now she and her group member go to find out the prize rate of the commodity in the market. She joint group since 2 years ago.

She got the information from the Field Staff that the Agriculture and Economic Development project is going to implement in her community. She got the chance to joint and got trainings. She got vegetable cultivation farming trainings, green pesticide making trainings, postharvest training, group management training and many many supports from the project. She also goes to market literacy class which is conducting in her community. She got the chance to learn from class. She said “Before joining group and literacy class I didn’t able to sell my commodity and I didn’t have any idea of marketing nor vegetable farming. But now I do it. Now we sell our commodity in Indian market Tikuniya a border nearest market“. 

She earned last season at least 50 thousand Nepali Rupees by selling green beans and fresh green vegetable. She collects the green bean from out of group members and sells to local market actor or whole seller in Tikuniya. In Tikuniya’s people are buy vegetable because they believed that vegetable growth without pesticide in Nepali farmer and liked eat. She said” We got good prize in India than Nepal. Because the currency value of Indian currency is more than Nepali currency. We sell 15 to 20 Indian currencies in India but in Nepal we have to sell 10 to 15 NRs. So we are encouraged to go India for sell our commodities.”  By selling she bought some pots and house use materials and  Cycle also. She express her glade” If we were didn’t get the support of the project we are not able to do anything now but we can do. We bought pots and tag our name with group name for memories. ”  She also said that she has feel greet to Digo Bikash Samaj and her children got the supporting  from the vegetable farming because she able to buy the reading materials and pay fees.  

Economic being Strengthen by Onion and Chilies

Laxmi is now 30 years old. She is from the Kailali. She is living with their 6 family members. Agriculture is the main economic resource of the family. Her husband is now doing the tractor driver job. She is easily functioning well as her producer group leader. She goes to attend in group meeting regularly. She helps to getting loan others group member.

She was informed the about the implementing the Agriculture and Economic Development project she joint the group. The group was formed by the project one and half year ago. She elected as the group leader. The project has conducted various trainings in their group member. Members are got the Spice Cultivation Training, Post-harvest training, interpreter development training, bio-poison making training. Producers are also oriented about the marketing of the commodities.

Laxmi also got trainings, and she have benefited about the trainings so she started to spread her cultivation land area. She has upgraded cultivating land area 1 to 3 Kattha. And she increase earning money. She said ” I’m very happy and satisfied doing spice farming. and my economic being strengthening now.”

Before joining the group she didn’t know about the how to cultivate off seasonal commodity. She used to cultivate in one Kattha land area in traditional way. It’s grew little volume and if it was increased by chance they have distribute vegetable in their relatives without any cost. Sometime of the year there were crisis of the food.  She remembered a few second and said with wet eye “We struggled for feeding our children and we had to work every day wise labor.” She added “Thanks to Agriculture and Economic Development project and Digo Bikash Samaj for supporting us to grow up our economic development.”

Literacy class making clever

Many of farmer are going to market for supplying their commodity in the early morning and they are belong a farmer group Sunlight Farmer Group. Without decoding the digital balance display they were sell their commodity but now they are saying after going literacy class since 4 month they are able to recognize and understanding measurement of digital balance. The members of farmer group are selling daily their green vegetable and commodity with measuring by digital balance given by Digo Bikash Samaj.

“Before getting literacy class we often did numerical mistake while we sold product and when we were return at home and counting money there were huge different in reality” said Maya a member of Sunlight Group. She add ” now we are able to recognize display of digital balance sown number and the market hole seller could not fraud us because we can add, multiply, divide properly.

Godagodi Municipality is in Kailali district of Nepal where the Sunlight Farmer Group of 25 members, is formed  in effort of Digo Bikash Samaj with corresponding with World Vision International. The village where Sunlight Farmer Group typically backward form  education there are a lot of lacking  literacy in senior citizens. Before starting literacy class there was no any informal education class for senior citizens. With time interval Digo Bikash Samaj bring literacy class in same group  for a changing in education.   

Now their agriculture product are making business they escaping form fraud because they are able to read, count.  

Vegetable farming became source of income

Vegetable farming became source of income

Palat Rani -36 years old, lives in Bhajani Municipality in joint family. Who neither had any job nor had any source of income before few years. In the name of earning they just have non owner(Ailani) 10 Kathha lands and rely on that by farming paddy and wheat mostly like others. She has a small house hut for their shelter.

When Agriculture and Economic Development project entered in their village and formed a group named Pushpanjali Mushroom Producer Group ,  Palat Rani selected as treasure of this group. Hence her journey of learning’s begins here and she got several trainings till date.

Palat Rani, who mostly engaged in her household chores earlier, has no idea about mushroom farming and vegetable farming, how to prepare mushroom root pocket and where to sale, whom to sale, is it profitable business? All question are always used to strike in her mind, she reveals. And she was totally ignorant about all that things. She adds, but after we got technical knowledge on mushroom farming and vegetable farming and started selling in market we came to know it is really profitable business”.

After few days getting training and joining in regular meeting she can talk with another people without hesitation.  She said ” Now my family income is being strengthening and I’m farming vegetable in  5 kattha and mushroom farming including my group members too and raising income.” She further says, “Hence I got a source of earning, A&Ed has shown me the way of my earning”.

In this way, Palat Rani, who never had gained experience in vegetable farming, and mushroom farming has started in a commercial way by involving her family members also in order to make them self-dependent through not only mushroom farming also in vegetable farming. This has provided her an income to sustain day to day expenses.

 

Member Being Aware from Fraud

Joining literacy class Producer Group members are being awared and escaping from frauds, keeping well simple numerical calculations. They were often trapped by frauds without having calculation ideas. And they had to lament in after real numerical calculation supported by their senior person.

25 members in group Gulab Mushroom Farmer Group has been formed at June 2018 in Bhajani Municipality, Kailali, District. Where there was no any literacy class for senior citizens before DigoBikashSamaj intervention Agriculture and Economic Development Project.

Mangri – a 50 years old lady, a member of farmer group from ultra-poor family. She used to work as Kamlari (Servant girl) and she was unable to join school in her school age. She always thought she can’t scope her life form poverty and lacking food. Now her life changed. She got the different type of trainings on farming. After Kamaiya’s are freed she got 5 Kattha land from government. As applying knowledge of not only mushroom farming training she is using her knowledge of vegetable training and earning 10000 in a month by selling her vegetables.

She got chance to enhance her numerical calculation power as well as writing/reading skill joining a reading class. She can keep her daily account. She narrated “Before I joining reading class I was unknown about calculation, could not keep record account but now I’m able to do.” She adds ” Literacy class makes us clever and aware about marketing it changing my and group members lives.

On the basis of VCA (value chain assessment) report  4 commodities were recommended. Commodities were categorized on farm and non-farm. In category farm commodities are fresh vegetable, potato, spice and non-farm commodity is mushroom farming. Mushroom farming is better for landless group members. Gulab Mushroom farmer Group members are often landless people.

Joining daily regular literacy class the members of group are becoming awareness about calculation and self-confidence.

A Model Agro-based Entrepreneur – Mr Prahalad

Prahalad felt very confident on himself. It was first time in his life where he believed that he can do something. With lots of hopes and confidence, he decided to take a courageous step of investing Rs. 10000  smart sub seedy Matrial Support  with technical support of the Digo Bikash Samaj Bhajani.

Mr. Prahalad  40, is a dweller of  Udashipur Village Vevelopment Committee (VDC) of  Kailali district situated in Far western Development Area  part of Nepal. He belongs to a poor joint family without sufficient land for cultivation and access to any source of income.

While struggling economically and socially, he found rays of hope when there was support of Digo Bikash Samaj Bhajani & Would Vision International Nepal, Spice Group Empowerment. He received several capacity building opportunities including 3 days Fress vegetable % Spice  farming training provided by the Digo Bikash Samaj Bhajani. He still remembered this insightful experience “It was my big life time opportunity” overwhelmed Prahalad.

It was the first time; he could contribute his wife & Fammily in sharing cost for children’s education and other household expenses. As a house owner and father, he felt proud when he could serve fresh vegetable to his kids and family members. In this way, it also brought change in the level of calorie in-take in poor family like him.

This fresh vegetable earning was his first income. He expressed “I wonder, why  Digo Bikash Samaj  supported program was not there earlier to make us aware about most vulnerable family economic opportunities like fresh vegetable to change the way we deal with our life”.

His pride being the first from his community to practice and gain success from fresh vegetable had influenced other MVC from his community and beyond by networking with the Digo Bikash Samaj. Working together with other MVC in the group helped in building trust and mutual cooperation by spreading message of peace.

“Engagement in this program supported by Digo Bikash Samaj is the key milestone for my economic and social empowerment so that I am able to contribute in promoting my family and social harmony” recalled Mr Prahalad proudly.