Enterprising Community Based Seed Producer Groups
Maize is the second most important staple cereal crop after rice in term of area and production in Nepal. It is cultivated in 875,000 hectares of land). Maize provides human food, poultry feed and stover as animal fodder. Mixed cropping maize with different legumes or vegetables is one of the oldest practices of Nepalese farmers.
The "Demonstration and promotion of Maize Based Technologies in Western Mid-hill Districts of Nepal" project is implemented by LI-BIRD involving the individual farmers and communities to test the improved maize varieties through participatory variety selection and demonstrate and disseminate maize-based technologies like seed priming, detasseling, inter-cropping and farm yard manure improvement through technical backstopping from implementing organizations and the District Agriculture Development Offices.
The "Enterprising Community Based Seed Producer Groups in the Western Mid Hill Districts of Nepal" project is implemented by LI-BIRD involving the CBSP groups in the respective project sites through technical backstopping from implementing organization, DADOs, NARC stations with the involvement of Regional Seed Testing Lab (RSTL) and agro-vets to build a sustainable seed business model of appropriate improved maize varieties crop along with the diversity of crops.
The project goal is to strengthen the capacity of the farmers in quality seed production by developing entrepreneurship of the CBSP groups and promote new maize varieties through PVS and IRD.
Working districts: Gulmi, Palpa, Syangja
Project Duration: 2010 - 2014
Partners: CIMMYT, Department of Agriculture, Hill Maize Research Programme, Nepal Agricultural Research Council
Funded by: CIMMYT, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation
Contact Person: Kamal Khadka