RAP 3 initiates crop insurance

By RAP 3 on December 12, 2017


RAP 3 CONNECT, Dailekh has introduced the concept of crop insurance for the first time in the district. The insurance comes under the Enabling Environment component of CONNECT. This initiative from RAP 3 has been warmly welcomed by the farming community. At present MSME#9: Hatemalo Cooperative has begun the insuring at its MBC (Micro Business Cluster) level from the 29th of November 2017. 2 out of the 7 DSS (Downstream Supplier) have already insured their crops whilst the remaining are in line to do the same. Currently the insurance covers drought, heavy rain, hail, insects and pests. The remaining MBC’s are closely behind on the insurance. The initiative was with the combined cooperation of the  DADO and RAP 3 CONNECT via Everest Insurance Company. At present the insurance is covering pea and potato seeds for farmlands over 9 ropanis.  

RCS in full swing


Rapid Condition Survey of 34 DRCN road links has been going smoothly in Dailekh since 13th November 2017. The entire road network has been divided into three clusters namely “western part”, “northern and central part” and “southern part”. The DTA team members in groups of two have been assigned each of the clusters. The IOW, SAME, SLT, MD, IE and GE have been mobilized throughout the district. Twenty four out of the 34 roads have been surveyed.

Newly appointed Yuva Vayus in Dullu receive training

By RAP 3 on December 1, 2017


The CONNECT team in Dailekh, Kushal Hamal and Birsha Nepali alongside Bhawana Dairy Chairperson, Tulsi Regmi delivered training on cost of production, price setting, sales strategy and RAP3's Code of Conduct to 6 Yuva Vayus (YV) in Dullu. 

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CONNECT's partner Belpata Dairy Co-operative (BDC) has recently expanded their downstream supply chain to Dullu, in partnership with Bhawana Dairy.  The newly appointed Yuva Vayus are in-community volunteers that will lead the farmer groups within BDC's expanded supply chain.

An additional 140 farmers to benefit from CONNECT’s collaboration with HVAP

By RAP 3 on November 10, 2017


Earlier this year CONNECT collaborated with IFAD funded High Value Agriculture Project (HVAP) to the benefit of 76 fresh vegetable farmers in Pawan Agriculture Collection Centre’s supply chain.

CONNECT and HVAP have agreed a further collaboration and with CONNECT’s technical support and HVAP’s financial support 140 farmers will benefit from 7 irrigation ponds covering 120 ropanis of land and 90 of these farmers will also receive poly houses and drip irrigation, enabling them to increase production of high value, off-season vegetables.


Farewell to LDO in Dailekh


Local Development Officer of Dailekh Dilaram Panthi has been transferred to Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development as an Under Secertary. On behalf of RAP3 DTA, Kushal Hamal (CDM) and Birsha Bd. Nepali (AT) attended the farewell programme organized on 13th October 2017. All the DCC stafff and cDM thanked him for his contribution and guidence for the develeopment activities in Dailekh throughout his period. Yam Prasad Subedi has been transferred to Dailekh DDC as new LDO. LDO expressed his admiration on RAP 3 work policies, coordination, smoothy guideline and strong ethical practice on all the RAP3 development activities and wished best for success.

Dairy farmers in Dailekh receive Village Animal Health Worker training

By ruth on October 23, 2017


CONNECT’s partner Belpata Dairy Co-operative (BDC) are investing in their downstream supply chain by providing Village Animal Health Worker training for their Yuva Vayus (YVs).  YVs are in-community volunteers that have taken on leadership roles mobilising, energising and shepherding the commercial farmer clusters they belong to. All 21 Yuva Vayus in BDC’s supply chain attended the two day training on Milk Production and Management covering a range of topics including animal feed management, milking and milk storage techniques. The women are now putting their learning into practice and sharing their new knowledge with other farmers in their communities.

CONNECT Yuva Vayu secures paid employment with local NGO

By RAP 3 on October 17, 2017


Tara Rawal, a Yuva Vayu in our partner HSPC’s downstream supply chain has found employment with a local NGO, Adaption for Smallholders in Hilly Areas (ASHA).  Yuva Vayus are in-community volunteers that have chosen to take on leadership roles mobilising, energising and shepherding the commercial farmer clusters they belong to.  We are delighted that Tara has now secured paid employment as a Social Mobiliser at ASHA - a climate change adaptation project that builds communities’ capacity to tackle the consequences of climate change. This is a fantastic opportunity for Tara and CONNECT wishes her well as she builds her own career while continuing to support her community.

76 fresh vegetable farmers benefit from CONNECT’s partnership with HVAP

By RAP 3 on October 9, 2017


CONNECT joined hands with IFAD funded High Value Agriculture Project (HVAP) to scale-up commercial production of off-season vegetables by Pawan Agriculture Collection Centre’s downstream suppliers. With CONNECT’s technical support and HVAP’s financial support, construction of 76 polyhouses with drip irrigation has been completed. This initiative will enable farmers to increase production of high value, off-season vegetables .

BDC are expanding partnering with Bhawana Dairy to reach dairy farmers in Dullu.

By ruth on September 21, 2017


Belpata Dairy Cooperative (BDC) have signed a one-year agreement with Bhawana Dairy, Dullu to operate as a satellite processing facility. It is necessary for BDC to have a facility in Dullu, a strategic location accessible to 50 + dairy farmers.  BDC anticipates that with the facility in place, their daily production will increase by 400 litres.  Signing a contract with Bhawana Dairy for the collection of 50 litres per day is a first step towards realising this ambition. 


New buyers added to HSPC’s supply chain

By RAP 3 on September 21, 2017


Our partner Hatemalo Seed Promotion Centre (HSPC) have signed a new contract with their existing supplier SEAN Seed Service Centre with CONNECT’s support, HSPC successfully negotiated a contract for 7,500 kg including 6,000 kg pea, 1,000 kg onion and 500 kg cress, convincing SEAN that their expanded supply chain could meet demand. Additionally, they have signed with two new buyers, Everest Agro Seed Centre and Kathmandu Agro Concern for 2,400 kg and 300 kg respectively. With these vegetable seed contracts in place, HSPC can continue to grow their downstream supply chain with confidence.