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.

DFID Nepal Annual Review of CONNECT interventions

By RAP 3 on June 7, 2018


Suman Baidya, Rudriksha Parajuli and Smita Bajracharya from DFID Nepal were in Dailekh earlier this week visiting CONNECT interventions as part of their annual review of RAP3.

On 5 June 2018, the team visited two of CONNECT's three MSME partners in Dailekh.  First, they visited Belpata Dairy Cooperative to meet the Executive Committe and Yuva Vayus who currently receiving Village Animal Health Worker training and secondly, Hatemalo Seed Promotion Cooperative where they meet Co-operative staff members, farmers in the supply chain and Yuva Vayus. 

On 6 June, Rudriksha met with Future Entrepreneur Club members to learn about the copy book business they have initiated and their plans for the coming year; representatives of the District Chamber of Commerce and Industry to discuss their plans to implement a 33% reservation for women on their Executive Committee and their role in supporting Municipal level chambers; the proprietor of Regmi Mandi,  who buys fresh vegetables from our third MSME Partner, Pawan Agricultre Collection Centre and Hamri Didis.

Road Safety works at RMG accident site Okhaldhunga complete

By RAP 3 on June 1, 2018


On 22nd of February 2018, Mrs Nirmala Singh Shahi accompanied by her husband were on their way to Gaidabaj, Mahabu rural municipality ward no. 4. Approximately 500m before arriving at the destination, the vehicle they were travelling in met with an accident claiming the lives of four people, including Mrs Shahi. The DTA had proposed intervention works in the form of gabion confidence blocks and traffic signs at the accident site. SMG Group 2 of Dailekh-Naumule District Road (60DR010) were mobilized to carry out the intervention works. Starting their works on the 14th May 2018 the 4 person group completed the works by the 28th of May 2018. The works comprised of 18 gabion confidence block and 4 traffic signs. The group was stationed at Gaidabaj and worked continuously for 14 days to finish the job on time.  Preparation for final payments is ongoing

SMGs work nearing completion

By RAP 3 on June 1, 2018


The SMG works of Dailekh are nearing completion. Out of the 6 SMGs implemented in 3 road corridors, 5 have completed their work while the remaining one is nearing completion. SMGs in Dailekh Naumule District Road (60DR010) and Mathillo Dungeshwor-DadaAwal Parajul (60DR031) have completed their works and final measurement is ongoing. Meanwhile SMG group works in Agodhwaunne - Goganpani (60DR033) are nearing work completion. The works of the SMG mainly comprise of stone soling and gabion building as well as dry retaining structures. Of the total contract price of approx. NRS 4.8m the groups have completed works amounting to NRS 4m. The works are all set to wrap up by the 2nd week of June. A total of 113 members have been deployed in these three road corridors. Payments have been made recently through a Third IPC. The amounts have been deposited in their respective bank accounts as well.