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Fresh Vegetables

Vegetables are high value cash products and commercialization can mean substantial income increases yet there is unmet demand for quality vegetables and legumes in local and regional markets. 

There is potential to build trust among subsistence farmers to cultivate a reliable supply chain and to scale up the commercial vegetable production industry while also developing sources to enable import substitution to meet local demand.

Business Partners:  SKKGS and PACC

Programme activities leverage technical talent and skilled farmers to establish commercial vegetable production at scales and demonstrate private sector appetite and capacity to invest in developing supply chains for commercial fresh vegetables.

Significant wins achieved in F.Y. 2016 - 2017 include:

  • 581 vegetable farmers in Dailekh and 415 vegetable farmers in Achham with buy back contracts with PACC and SKKGS respectively
  • 1 year agreement between PACC and Hatemalo Seed Promotion Cooperative for the purchase of vegetable and cereal seeds
  • Collaboration with High Value Agriculture Project in Hill and Mountain Areas to scale up activities in 3 PACC micro business clusters
  • 1 year agreement for sale of 73 MT of fresh vegetables between PACC and a vendor in Dailekh bazaar
  • Introduced size grading and quality linked pricing in PACC buy back contracts
  • SKKGS's sales and purchases have increased with the establishment of a branch in Mangalsen, 8 new trade hubs and the acquisition of a jeep

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