Latest Bikash ko Bato episode discusses how small loans are benefitting farmers
by: RAP 3 on: 22 Nov, 2018
In the latest Bikash ko Bato episode we discuss how RAP3 CONNECT's partnership with Prabhu Bank Limited (PBL) is helping farmers and female entrepreneurs to open bank accounts and apply for loans at Government subsidised interest rates.
Listen to the episode online - https://soundcloud.com/afn-antenna/bikash-ko-bato-14-4th-year
CONNECT with our partner, Organic Moutain Flavor (OMF) have collaborated with PBL to provide small loans for ginger farmers in Sahajpur, Doti. A similar collaboration with Belpata Dairy Co-operative (BDC) and PBL in Dailekh is enabling dairy farmers to take loans and purchase livestock. And, CONNECT has introduced Hamri Didis to PBL branches so they too can apply for loans to scale their businesses.
The episode discusses how loans have enabled ginger farmers to buy more seeds and use more land to cultivate ginger and turmeric; dairy farmers to purchase livestock that will increase their milk collection and how Hamri Didi's will use loans to scale their businesses.
6 dairy farmers in Dailekh have taken loans to purchase livestock
by: RAP 3 on: 21 Nov, 2018
Taking another step towards commercialisation, 6 dairy farmers in Dailekh have taken loans to purchase livestock and, in turn, increase their milk production capacity.
Belpata Dairy Co-operative and farmers in their down-stream supply chain identified a suitable supplier of murrah buffalo; Prabhu Bank Limited (PBL) have offered farmers loans at deprived sector lending rates; Prabhu Insurance have issued Government of Nepal subsidised livestock insurance and Dungeshower Rural Municipality co-invested to cover transportation costs. RAP3 CONNECT facilitated this collaboration between farmers, BDC, PBL, Prabhu Insurance and Dungeshower Rural Municipality which has made it possible for farmers to scale their production and established an arrangement that can be replicated by BDC and other farmers in their supply chain.
21 dairy farmers in Dailekh complete 45-day AVHW training
by: ruth on: 02 Jul, 2018
CONNECT's partner Belpata Dairy Cooperative (BDC) has invested to upskill farmers in their supply chain; on 2 July 21 Yuva Vayus in Dailkeh completed 45-day Village Animal Health worker training. At the end of the last day of training the best performer was given an award in the presence of BDC Chairperson Mr. Dambar Bahadur Khatri and Chair of Rural Municipality Mr. Lok Bahadur Dangi.
YVs are expected to share their new knowledge and skills with other farmers in the MBCs, playing a critical role in increasing quality and quantity of milk production and hope to earn income from provision of veterinary services at the farm gate.
Yuva Vayus start Village Animal Health Worker Training
by: RAP 3 on: 16 May, 2018
Belpata Dairy Cooperative (BDC), in collaboration with Madhya-Paschim Technical School and RAP3 CONNECT is delivering Village Animal Health Worker (VAHW) training to Yuva Vayus (YVs) in its supply chain.
After completing the 45 days training programme, the Yuva Vayus are expected to share their knowledge with their communities and provide technical services to other farmers in BDC's supply chain.
Read more about Yuva Vayus and Belpata Dairy Cooperative.
Latest bikash ko bato episode discusses the benefits of livestock insurance
by: RAP 3 on: 29 Jan, 2018
In their latest episode, Bikash ko Bato discusses the benefits of livestock insurance. The Government of Nepal has endorsed livestock insurance, offering subsidised policies to encourage uptake among rural farmers. RAP3 CONNECT is supporting dairy farmers in our partner, Belpata Dairy Co-operative's supply chain to take out insurance policies with Everest Insurance.
Listen online: soundcloud.com/afn-antenna/bikash-ko-bato-026
Belpata Dairy Cooperative holds AGM
by: RAP 3 on: 17 Jan, 2018
CONNECT's partner Belpata Dairy Cooperative (BDC) held its 8th Annual General Meeting on 12th January, 2018. BDC members, Village Municipality Executive Committee members and RAP3 CONNECT representatives attended the AGM at which the financial report for the fiscal year 2073-2074 was presented. During the meeting it was agreed that the Executive Committee election will be held on 18 January, 2018.
CONNECT took the opportunity of the AGM to provide an update on CONNECT's partnership with BDC and the support offered to BDC and farmers in BDC's downstream supply chain.
Dairy farmers in Dailekh receive Village Animal Health Worker training
by: ruth on: 23 Oct, 2017
CONNECT’s partner Belpata Dairy Co-operative (BDC) are investing in their downstream supply chain by providing Village Animal Health Worker training for their Yuva Vayus (YVs). YVs are in-community volunteers that have taken on leadership roles mobilising, energising and shepherding the commercial farmer clusters they belong to. All 21 Yuva Vayus in BDC’s supply chain attended the two day training on Milk Production and Management covering a range of topics including animal feed management, milking and milk storage techniques. The women are now putting their learning into practice and sharing their new knowledge with other farmers in their communities.
BDC are expanding partnering with Bhawana Dairy to reach dairy farmers in Dullu.
by: ruth on: 21 Sep, 2017
Belpata Dairy Cooperative (BDC) have signed a one-year agreement with Bhawana Dairy, Dullu to operate as a satellite processing facility. It is necessary for BDC to have a facility in Dullu, a strategic location accessible to 50 + dairy farmers. BDC anticipates that with the facility in place, their daily production will increase by 400 litres. Signing a contract with Bhawana Dairy for the collection of 50 litres per day is a first step towards realising this ambition.
Dairy farmers in Dailekh purchase insurance
by: RAP 3 on: 11 Aug, 2017
Everest Insurance Company Ltd is granting livestock insurance to dairy farmers in Dailekh. To date, 47 insurance scheme applications have been submitted and 25 farmers successfully completed the application process. By reaching this Government of Nepal subsidised scheme to small farmers CONNECT expects to reduce their risks significantly and encourage dairy farmers in our partner Belpata Dairy Cooperative's supply chain to invest in increasing herd sizes.