Dec 07

Innovative Seed System Nepal: Gearing up for wheat season 2017-18

Author: Mansi Naithani
Chitwan region in Nepal is gearing up for Wheat season 2017-18 where, Agriculture and Forest University(AFU), Rampur being the key project partner under DGGW’s Innovative Seed Systems is proactively engaged in farmer mobilization and quality foundation seeddistrbution to the wheat seed producers of the region. Wheat seeds produced by these wheat growers will be bought back by AFU which after processing (at AFU’s seed procesisng facility duly set up under DGGW last year) will be sold as quality certified wheat seeds within the country.
Activities covered: (a) Paddy harvesting post which wheat sowing will be taken up (b) Village level wheat seed distribution by AFU

Figure 1: To utilize the off season and available seed processing capacity, AFU took up paddy cultivation in April'17 which is being harvested. Land preparation for wheat sowing to follow after completion of paddy harvesting.
Figure 2: Harvested paddy outside Seed Processing Facility, AFU for further processing and packaging of rice seeds.
Figure 3: SoorajKarki, a Seed Technician from AFU team in due discussion with a farmer at Phulbari Village in Chitwan region for wheat seed (foundation) distribution.
Figure 4: Foundation wheat seeds stocked by AFU for distribution to identified cluster of farmers. Potential wheat seed growers which are from Pithwa, Shardanagar, Gunjannagar, Rampur, ,Phulwari, Kailash Nagar, Ram bagh, Mildanda(villages)
Figure 5&6: 91 percent of Nepal’s employed women work in agriculture (64 percent of men).Glimpses of ongoing wheat seed distribution to female farmers under DGGW’s Innovative Seed System – Nepal.
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Figure 7&8: Under DGGW project, foundation wheat seeds have been distributed to 60 farmers till date (ongoing) in the Chitwan region of Nepal to take up quality certified wheat seed production. Two such activities captured.
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