RMG handover and RCS/ARAMP training to R/Municipalities of Dailekh

By RAP 3 on August 21, 2018


Two days of RMG handover training to the focal persons of each municipality/rural municipality and one day RCS and ARAMP preparation training were successfully completed on 11-12 August and 13th August 2018 respectively. The training was conducted in the DCC hall in Narayan Municipality and was attended by the acting chief of DCC Nanda Khadka as well as the Mayor of Narayan Municipality Ratna Bahadur Khadka. Other officials from DCC were chief guests of the program. All the engineers and sub engineers from the respective M/RMs, DoLIDAR’s Bed Raj Regmi, Central Asset Management Engineer of RAP3 Laxman Bhakta Dahi Shrestha and all the members of RAP3 Dailekh team attended the programme. The objective of the training was to educate focal persons on all works related to RMG like how they are formed, assignment of work to them, inspection of their work and their payment system. Also explained was the procedure of carrying out RCS and ultimately preparing an ARAMP report using the excel template. They were also briefed about the exit policy of RAP3 from the district.

Public Audit of SMG payment

By RAP 3 on August 13, 2018


A Public Audit of SMG-2 of Dailekh-Naumule DRCN road was held on 20th July 2018, after which only three out of six groups remain. There were 16 (6 Male and 10 Female) members of the group present on that day, held at one of the SMG member house.  Mr Kamal Adhikari (OM) conducted the Audit and IoW and IE were there to facilitate the program. They received the money due (Final IPC) and the inventory of the tools that they needed to return to RAP3 was also specified.   The audit concluded after receiving feedback from the SMG members on what should be done to improve this model in the years to come. All the SMG are happy with the payment made by the RAP3 for their specific maintenance work as per the contract.

Farewell of GE Aadit Pathak

By RAP 3 on August 13, 2018


Mr Adit Pathak has been a great asset to the RAP3 Dailekh DTA ever since he came here as a graduate engineer (GE). His contribution towards the proper functioning of the program is acknowledged by each and every member of the RAP3 Dailekh team. Now his tenure has come to an end. His ability as an engineer along with his lighthearted spirit is highly appreciated and he will be greatly missed. Overall he has been working on the RAP3 program since May of 2015 and since November 2017 as a GE in Dailekh DTA. As a token of admiration, RAP3 DTA team held a small farewell ceremony on 22nd July 2018, where Mr Rajendra K. Shrestha (RTL) gave a short speech and everybody gave him best wishes for his future. Mr Adit stated his appreciation for the support he received while working here and hoped to meet everyone in the future.

SMG Audit in Dailekh

By RAP 3 on July 20, 2018


There are a total of six SMGs formed by RAP3 Dailekh to work in three different DRCN, all of whose work had already been completed. Public audit of two of the six groups was held on 12th July 2018 in Mathillo Dugeshwor. There were 15 members of one group and 12 from the other present on the day. Officials from the rural municipality also attended the program. RAP3 RTL Mr Rajendra K. Shrestha and OM Mr Kamal Adhikari conducted the Audit and IoW, IE and drivers were there to facilitate the program. The members received the monies due and the inventory of the tools they needed to return to RAP3 was also specified. The audit concluded with the feedbacks from the SMG members on what should be done to improve this model in the years to come.

Farmers invest in construction of 90 poly houses and 7 irrigation ponds

By ruth on July 9, 2018


140 farmers in PACC's supply chain have invested in the construction of irrigation ponds and poly houses that will increase their production and enable them to focus on production of high value, off-season vegetables.

Ifad funded High Value Agriculture Project (HVAP) have supplied 7 irrigation ponds and 90 poly houses with CONNECT providing technical assistance and farmers contributing NPR 250,000, NPR 270,000 and NPR 396,000 to construct irrigation ponds, polyhouses and to install drip irrigation respectively.

DTA Dailekh completes RMG refresher training

By RAP 3 on July 5, 2018


This year, 139 RMG members participated in the refresher training which took place on the 23rd, 26th and 28th of June 2018. The training was divided into three clusters and took place in Narayan Municipality, Dullu and Gurashe. Some of the participants who had to travel long distances were provided with accommodation travelling expenses. Cluster I training included 60 RMG members along with DCC Chief Mr Prem Bahadur Thapa, Acting Chief Engineer from DTO Mr Ayush Joshi and most of the RAP3 Dailekh team. It took place in Narayan Municipality hall on the 23rd of June and concluded the same day. The participants were very enthusiastic during the training session and were vocal in the discussions that took place afterwards. Mr Ayush Joshi, Mr Ranjendra K. Shrestha (RTL) and Mr Aadit Pathak (GE) altogether took four sessions. The next two training events were held in Dullu and Gurashe on 26th and 28th of June respectively. In Dullu there were 53 members and 26 members in Gurashe. The session continued in the same schedule. The training was a great success as it achieved all its objectives. We also received a lot of positive feedback from our participants which will certainly help to improve the performance of the RMGs in the coming years.

21 dairy farmers in Dailekh complete 45-day AVHW training

By ruth on July 2, 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.

Operation of Material Laboratory in DCC, Dailekh

By RAP 3 on June 20, 2018


Jay Prakash Mandal, the senior lab technician from RAP3 Dailekh has been involved in the orientation and capacity building of the DCC appointed new lab technician Puskar Sharma from June. The orientation began with familiarization of lab equipment like cube testing machines, sieves etc. Recently, 7 and 28 days compressive strength of concrete cube samples from the DCC/DTO building which is currently under construction was also done. The DCC LT and DTA SLT have been regularly carrying out materials testing in the laboratory. Currently, samples from construction works being done under LRBP, DTO and R/Municipalities have been received for testing. Tests done in the laboratory mainly include sieve analysis, zinc coat test and compressive strength test. DCC is very positive with this joint effort and has highly appreciated the efforts shown by RAP3 SLT to aid in the capacity building of the newly appointed DCC lab technician.

CONNECT partners HSPC and PACC sign 5 year agreement for the supply of vegetable seed

By ruth on June 18, 2018


CONNECT business partners, Hatemalo Seed Promotion Cooperative (HSPC) and Pawan Agriculture Cooperative (PACC) have renewed their agreement for the supply of vegetable seed (onion, pea, cucumber, radish, bean, spinach, tomato, lady’s finger and bitter guard) for a further five years. The agreement makes reliable, high quality seeds readily available to small farmers in PACC's supply chain and the steady demand enables HSPC to plan for future expansion with confidence. 

PACC will purchase 203.5 kg of seed from HSPC annually over the course of five years, at a total value of 103,500 NPR per year.  Long term contracts like this one are benefiting hundreds of farmers in both PACC and HSPC’s downstream supply chains. 

Three irrigation ponds constructed in Dullu, Dailekh

By ruth on June 7, 2018


Hatemalo Seed Promotion Centre (HSPC) have, with support from RAP3 CONNECT and co-investment from Dullu Municipality and the local communities completed the construction of three irrigation ponds in Dullu, Dailekh. In total, HSPC are investing to build 4 irrigation ponds that will irrigate 8200 ha of land, benefiting 350 households. 

Last year, HSPC invested in three new ponds and repaired two others in Malika, Dailekh to the benefit of 159 farmers in their supply chain.

This access to irrigation will improve productivity of farmers’ land and strengthen HSPC’s supply chain.