Hamri Didis in Dailekh first to sell NCELL re-charge cards

By RAP 3 on January 17, 2019


Ncell, a private mobile network operator is collaborating with RAP 3 CONNECT, Unilever Nepal Limited, Bottlers Nepal Limited and Prabhu Bank Limited to sell their products through a network of 474 Hamri Didis.  You can read more about the partnership in our press release.

Hamri Didis in Dailekh are the first to realise this opportunity, and to date have invested NPR 16000 in recharge cards.

Seed producers in Dailekh complete refresher training

By RAP 3 on January 14, 2019


CONNECT’s private sector partner Hatemalo Seed Promotion Cooperative (HSPC) successfully delivered 2 days of refresher training for 23 Yuva Vayus on 23rd and 24th December.  The training was delivered by HSPC’s JTA Bhes Bahadur Shahi with support from CONNECT.  Topics covered by the training included seed nursery management, crop rotation, tomato-fertilizer top dressing, pest management control, quality vegetable and seed production, harvesting, timely seed management and marketing.

Farewell to Dailekh DTA team

By RAP 3 on January 2, 2019


As a part of the RAP 3 exit plan, Dailekh DTA bid farewell to eight staff including RTL Rajendra Kumar Shrestha, GE Rishma Pokhrel, IOW Rameshwor KC, Jr. IOW Hemanta Bikram Shahi, AT Birsha Nepali, Drivers Prakash Khadka and Uddhav Thapa and Runner Dambar Gurung.   GE Rishma Pokhrel  has been assigned to the Dailekh Cluster Office. RTL, Rajendra Kumar Shrestha who worked for 5 years on RAP3 thanked the programme for providing an opportunity to work on RAP3 and the entire team for their continuous support, guidance and contributions for the successful implementation of theprogramme. RAP3 management would like to express its sincere thanks to the team and wish them all the best in future endeavours.

Yuva Vayus in Dailekh regsiter with Municipality

By RAP 3 on December 21, 2018


39 Yuva Vayus (seed producers) in Hatemalo Seed Promotion Cooperative's supply chain and 29 Yuva Vayus (dairy farmers) in Belpata Dairy Cooperative's supply chain have registered with Dullu Municipality.

Registration with the Municipality acknowledges the training the Yuva Vayus have completed and the role they are each playing in supporting farmers in their communities to shift from subsistence and commercial farming.  Registering with the Municipality also enables the Yuva Vayus to the opportunity to request and access support in the form of funding, subsidies, inputs, training or capacity building provided by the local government in the future.

Seed producers in Dailekh start selling seeds, fungicides and insecticides to local farming communities

By RAP 3 on December 18, 2018


Yuva Vayus in Dailekh have been linked with the local agrovet so they can sell seeds, fungicides and insecticides to local farming communities. Yuva Vayus purchase goods from the agrovet on 30 days credit and earn commission on sales.

The Yuva Vayus are all farmers in CONNECT partner Hatemalo Seed Promotion Cooperative's (HSPC) supply chain, and have received training from HSPC staff.  Now, in addition to sharing their new skills and knowledge with farmers in their communities, they can support the shift to commercial agriculture by selling agricultural inputs at the farm gate. 

Similarly, Yuva Vayus in Belpata Dairy Cooperative's supply chain are selling veterinary medicines to farmers in their communities, earning commission between 2 and 10%. 

Read more about how Yuva Vayus are supporting farmers to shift from subsistence to commercial agriculture.


Yuva Vayus to work as sales agents for local agrovets

By RAP 3 on November 28, 2018


Yuva Vayus in Dailekh are taking another step towards sustainable income generation, becoming sales agents for local agrovets.

Yuva Vayus in Belpata Dairy Cooperative's supply chain can now sell veterinary medicines to farmers in their communities, earning commission between 2 and 10%.  Similarly, Yuva Vayus in Hatemalo Seed Promotion Cooperative's supply chain will sell seeds, fungicides and insecticides to local farming communities, earning comission on sales. Both agrovet's are offering Yuva Vayus 30 days credit on goods.

Yuva Vavyus are active young women who are currently engaged in activities being promoted by CONNECT partners and volunteered to take on leadership roles mobilising and energising the commercial farmer clusters they belong to.  Learn more about Yuva Vayus.

External audit completed in Dailekh

By RAP 3 on November 26, 2018


The external audit team from TR Upadhaya and Co., Santosh Gyawali and Nishan Bhatta arrived in Dailekh along with Sandip Khanal, Assistant Finance and HR manager from RAP3 TMO on 21st November 2018 to carry out audit on RAP3’s financial and administrative activities for the period of July 2017 to October 2018. The audit was carried out over 4 days from 22nd November to 25th November 2018 to review the financial activities including payment of SMGs, RMGs, Road Term Maintenance and CONNECT expenses. The team also reviewed the expenditure of RAP3’s attendance register of staff, vehicle logbooks, ASP, TA, and public audit reports. The audit team also verified the store inventory of DTA. The team visited 60DR024 with DTA team on 25th November 2018 for sampling and to observe field conditions. After completion of the audit all financial vouchers and related documents up to June 2017 were sent to Nepalgunj Regional Office.

6 dairy farmers in Dailekh have taken loans to purchase livestock

By RAP 3 on November 21, 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.

Farmer groups in Dailekh register with Municipal Government

By RAP 3 on November 21, 2018


RAP3 CONNECT business partners in Dailekh, Hatemalo Seed Promotion Cooperative (HSPC) and Belpata Dairy Cooperative (BDC), have begun registering famer groups in their supply chains with the Municipal Government bodies.  To date, 10 HSPC farmer groups and 4 BDC farmer groups have been registered. 

Registering farmer groups with the Municipal Government will give farmers access to future training and support opportunities to help their shift to commercialisation and pave the way for CONNECT's exit.

Kathmandu University students give presentation on tax to Dailekh DCCI

By RAP 3 on October 9, 2018


Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) MBA students delivered a presentation on tax and loan processes to the Dailekh District Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) Executive Committee.

The presentation covered VAT, TDS, vehicle tax, custom tax, income tax, calculation methods, calculation of tax for entities and final tax payments.  In addition, the students shared information about sources of finance for small businesses, private equity providers, capacity development providers, and types of industries and their methods of registration. 

The KUSOM students were in Dailekh to complete their Rural Enterprise Service placements, an MBA course requirement, facilitated by CONNECT.