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Ginger exporter, Organic Mountain Flavor

Organic Mountain Flavour (OMF) is a private limited company that buys and sells organic raw ginger and exports dried ginger slices to India and Europe.  CONNECT has committed to co-invest with OMF to expand its organic ginger processing facilities in Chinchu and Sahajpur by strengthening down stream supply chains in CONNECT's core districts and the Mid and Far West region more broadly.

Thousands of ginger farmers in west Nepal have an opportunity to jump from subsistence to commercial agriculture. They just need a reliable market system that includes steady demand and better prices.  Bajura and Doti have potential for high value crops, including ginger cultivation but farming communities have limited access to information on the commercial potential of organic ginger production.

CONNECT brings together players that can form this market. We have connected OMF with hundreds of ginger farmers, so they get a steady supply, and the farmers get steady demand.

Milestones achieved during F.Y. 2016 - 2017 include:

  • Total quantity traded has grown by 65% year-on-year and revenues increased by 30%
  • Second processing facility established in Sahajpur, Kailali
  • Exisiting buyer relationships are scaling and new markets discovered
  • OMF is in the final stages of organic certification from ECOCERT of 1050 ha farmer by 1726 farmers in its downstream supply chain
  • New banking relationship developed, larger working capital limits sercured and value chain financing product in place to enable scale up

Resources

Small loans for ginger farmers
Programme Documents
RAP 3 CONNECT takes Prabhu Bank Limited to farm gate
Press Release

In an unprecedented move to improve financial inclusion and support economic growth in the Mid and Far West of Nepal, Prabhu Bank Limited (PBL) has taken the bank to farmers’ door steps significantly easing a normally cumbersome and expensive process for farmers.

Related News

Farmers in Sahajpur register with Badikedar Municipality
by: ruth      on: 19 Dec, 2018

11 farmer groups in Organic Mountain Flavor's (OMF) downstream supply chain have completed the registration process.  With registration completed, ginger farmers can now request financial and technical support from Badikedar Municipality. 

Earlier in the month CONNECT and OMF provided Badikedar Municipality Officers with an update on our partnership and join activities in Sahajpur, Doti.

 

Ginger harvest starts in Sahajpur, Doti
by: RAP 3      on: 18 Dec, 2018

The ginger harvest has begun and CONNECT partner Organic Mountain Flavor Pvt Ltd (OMF) has started collecting ginger in Sahajpur, Doti. 

OMF anticipates collecting approximately 165 MT from farmers in the Sahajpur supply chain this year.  Up from 125 MT collected from the same area last year.

Read more about OMF's partnership with CONNECT

Ginger farmers insure their crops
by: RAP 3      on: 23 Oct, 2018

Ginger farmers in Doti are insuring their crops with Shikhar Insurance, facilitated by RAP3 CONNECT partner Organic Mountain Flavor (OMF).  

OMF staff have travelled to the farm gate to help farmers complete application forms and collect premiums.  Completed forms and payments were then submitted to the Shikhar Insurance branch in Dhangadhi for processing.

Farmers are investing to purchase insurance policies, benefitting from the 75% subsidy available from the Government of Nepal.

The policy insures ginger crops against a variety of risks including fire, lightning, flood, landslide, subsidence, storm, hailstorm, snow, frost, infestations and diseases.

To date, 72 policies have been issued and further applications are in process. 

150 ginger farmers in Doti to receive loans from Prabhu Bank
by: RAP 3      on: 23 Oct, 2018

Prabhu Bank Limited's Dhangadhi Branch has credited 150 ginger farmers' loan accounts, on the recommendation of CONNECT partner Organic Mountain Flavor (OMF).

OMF have facilitated loan applications for farmers to strengthen their supply chain. 

A further 45 farmers in Sahajpur, Doti and 117 farmers in Surkhet, all ginger producers in OMF's down stream supply chain, have submitted loan applications to PBL. 

 

Ginger farmers in Doti renew loans
by: ruth      on: 25 Jul, 2018

CONNECT and our partner Organic Mountain Flavor Private Limited (OMF) are once again working with Prabhu Bank Limited (PBL) to offer small loans to ginger farmers in Surkhet, Kailali and Sahajpur, Doti.

CONNECT’s intervention, linking OMF, PBL and Shikhar Insurance with hundreds of farmers is strengthening OMF's supply chain, increasing financial inclusion and offering pathways to sustainable incomes.

Last year, 163 ginger farmers in received loans totalling NPR 4,390,000.

Learn more about how small loans and long term contracts help farmers increase their incomes.

 

OMF obtains organic certification
by: ruth      on: 26 Oct, 2017

Organic Mountain Flavor (OMF) has obtained organic certification of 133 hectares of land in Surkhet.  The certification, granted by ECOCert, covers land farmed by 366 ginger farmers in OMF's downstream supply chain.  These farmers will receive higher prices from OMF for the ginger they produce as, with organic certification, OMF is able to sell ginger at a premium price.

Loans delivered to ginger farmers in Doti
by: RAP 3      on: 21 Sep, 2017

Prabhu Bank Limited (PBL) continue to go to the farm gate to open accounts and deliver value chain financing (VCF).

PBL’s Dhangadhi Branch have distributed VCF loans totaling NPR 1.6 million to 56 ginger farmers in Sahajpur, Doti in addition to the NPR 2.95 million issued to 117 farmers in June.  PBL’s Surkhet Branch are processing applications from 84 ginger farmers and, to date, have opened accounts and issued cheque books to 30 farmers. 

CONNECT brings multiple private sector partners together for DFID Annual Review Meeting
by: RAP 3      on: 24 Aug, 2017

DFID Nepal hosted a stakeholder consultation earlier today, bringing together representatives from CONNECT’s small businesses portfolio  including partner Organic Mountain Flavor (OMF), its investor One to Watch, Prabhu Bank, SAFAL Partners and TR Upadhaya & Co.  The meeting was an opportunity to review progress made to date, present CONNECT’s intentions for year two of partnership with OMF for DFID to consider and seek commitments from OMF, their investors and the bank to realise agreed milestones.  CONNECT is delighted that the meeting concluded with assurances from the bank and investors for the timely infusion of additional investments and credit limits.

Researchers from Harvard visit Surkhet
by: RAP 3      on: 14 Aug, 2017

CONNECT are excited to be facilitating the Harvard Kennedy School's Evidence for Policy Design (HKS EPoD) team's visit to Chinchu and Taranga in Surkhet.  4 researchers have travelled half way across the world from Boston, USA to meet with ginger farmers who are part of Organic Mountain Flavor Private Limited's (OMF) supply chain.  OMF is a CONNECT MSME partner.  The visiting delegation are talking with ginger farmers to understand how interventions delivered through CONNECT's partnership with OMF impact and influence small farmers' decision making.  The team met with OMF's Managing Director Mr Samir Newa and staff at the processing facility in Chinchu before walking 6 -7 hours through Bardiya National Park to interview farmers in their homes.  The researchers are expected to share their initial observations on the impact of CONNECT's model for farmers in OMF's supply chain with DFID and us soon.