‘Dharti farmers club’ at Bhattedadha

ChangeFusion Nepal has been working towards restoring the lives of 100 households at Bhattedadha by exploring agricultural possibilities in the region. Having distributed seeds of radish and beans to the villagers who are predominately from the agricultural background, we saw a potential for scaling up their cultivation for commercial farming. Thus, on 7th July’15, Dharti Farmers Club was formed at Bhattedadha which comprises of 20 women farmers at the initial phase.

Champa Tamang, Gunumaya Tamang, Kanchi Maya Tamang, Devaki Khatri, Bishnumaya Tamang, Gita Tamang, Chameli Tamang, Sukumaya Tamang, Sita Tamang, Rekha Tamang, Saile Tamang, Chinimaya Tamang, Saile Tamang (Puchharghar), Parbati Tamang, Ashmita Tamang, Suntali Tamang, Mandira Puri, Anita Puri, Sunita Tamang and Choyesang Tamang are the members of the Dharti Farmers Club and they have adequate land, water supply and interest for commercial farming. Additionally 6 women farmers will get a green house for nursery in the pilot phase.

The group of women farmers in the village.

The members of the Dharti Farmers Club along with the remaining households received the special ‘Farmers-Seeds-Kit Packages’ supported by ChangeFusion Thailand. The package was from the N-Agro’s ‘Sakchyam Seeds for Hope Nepal’ initiative and the expert from N-Agro Nelson Shrestha gave the farmers a practical demonstration of using the kit pacakges. Also, he provided his technical knowledge to the local farmers in terms of their agricultural practices and helped resolve many queries on the various crop’s problems.

Nelson and his N-Agro team member demonstrating the method of using the kit for farming.

Farmer-Seeds-Kit Package contains following 17 varieties of seeds
that can be cultivated, during the monsoon / post monsoon season & microorganism Trichoderma enriched compost for healthy seedlings. According to the data by N-Agro, the package of 17 seeds (tomato, cucumber, pumpkins, bitter gourd, sponge gourd, bottle gourd, ladies finger, marpha rayo, tori saag, coriander, simi-beans, bodi-beans, chilies, onion, cauliflower, cabbage and radish) can yield 1.5 tonnes per household of fresh vegetables in a year sufficient for fulfilling the dietary needs of the members.

The farmers headed to the nearby field of Rekha Tamang, where Rekha had grown tomatoes and made a temporary nursery out of plastic sheets. Nelson, the expert them pointed out what was she doing wrong in the cultivation process and engaged other farmers in an interactive and practical session of working in the fields. As the tomato plants were affected from virus, he taught few preservation techniques along with other advice on effective farming practices.

Nelson telling Rekha the proper way of cultivating tomatoes.
The local farmer was called in for participation.
Other farmers observing the training session.
The farmers were taught proper measurement methods for planting seeds.
The farmers using Tricoderma, a plant nutrient on the soil.

After the demonstration session with the participation of the local farmers, the seed and fertilizer packets were distributed at Bhattedadha. Some of the glimpses can be seen below.

Seeds and fertilizers packages set for distribution.
N-Agro team helping in distribution.
Women happy to get the seeds and fertilizers.

ChangeFusion Nepal Director Luna Shrestha Thakur talked about the seriousness of this agricultural prospect and if the farmers are willing to work hard then we would be highly encouraging and supportive of their needs.

CFN Director talking with the group of local farmers.

Nelson and the N-Agro team will be helping the Dharti farmers club members with regular supervision and monitoring for the subsequent months in coordination with ChangeFusion Nepal. We hope that the farmers at Bhattedadha practice farming in larger scale for sustainable livelihood and the step has began from Dharti Farmers Club. Stay connected. Thank you.

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