ISARD partners Carisimo e.v Germany to help improve the livelihood of the Thami Community in Sindhupalchwok. We work with women’s groups from Chokati and Ghorthali through training programs, agriculture input support and microcredit. Our aim is to improve farming habits, diversity crop from staple to cash crop and increase the income of each individual household. In order to achieve that we build irrigation schemes, collection centers. Each village has their own Agriculture based trainers(JTA) working rigorously with the farmers throughout the year. The regular involvement encourages farmers towards cash crops and helps farmers to understand crops and its challenges.
The trained farmers are encouraged in upscaling agriculture. The finances for upscaling is guaranteed by revolving/microcredit funds from the cooperative, saving groups and ISARD.
Other than the agriculture work ISARD and Carisimo e.v is working to build and manage primary schools in our region. By involving Local government community and Volunteers we have built two primary schools in the past. In 2021 we are building one primary school in Tungathlai.
ISARD is working together with Stichting Tashi Delek Foundation Netherlands in Solukhumbu to improve agriculture skills of the farmers. In 2021, ISARD will try to replicate our successful agriculture interventions and community working modality of Sindhupalchwok projects in Solukhumbu. We will be working in Tingla Rural Municipality in four groups. 9 agriculture trainings will be provided to the agriculture students and community members. While doing so we will also help setup a local NGO and plan for a longer term project in the region.
Dhuskun – 4 and 8 in Sindhupalchowk, has 150 households who have always been struggling with irrigation water. But the situation worsened recently with small water sources in the vicinity drying up. Now entirely dependent on rain water for irrigation, an agriculture-based livelihood was looking difficult for the farming community. With most men members of the community working away from home, it came upon the women to be responsible for a solution, for their own welfare. A woman in these villages has to collect and carry the family’s water, take care of the children, the elderly, the livestock, and the farmlands. An accessible irrigation scheme for their farmlands meant, women not only have one less thing to worry about; it also meant they have time for progressive opportunities such as literacy trainings, saving group meetings, and more.
For the women of Dhuskun, a plausible solution for the lack of irrigation water turned out to be a river by the name Sukdal some 4kms away. In support of ISARD, a construction committee was formed with Janajagaran Mahila Samuha, a local women’s group, at its core. Women leadership and participation played a key role in the construction process. From digging trenches to building ponds and laying pipe work, every household contributed 15 days of free labor. It took two days for the water from Sukdal to travel to the last village – Phaparchaur, but it did and in abundance. For three communities that have for so long struggled with water, it is joyous to have easy access to it, but it is all the more important that the water is saved and well-utilized. Further plans in the construction of Sukdal Khola irrigation includes construction of Thai Jars or Ferro Cement tanks and installation of drip irrigation to encourage commercial vegetable farming in near future.
As a continuation of the Kitchen Garden Training program under ICFON’s project, another two groups, Nimna Jagaran Samuha and Thami Utthan Samuha, were provided 2-days training in Dhuskun – 8, Sallekepa. The training led by ISARD’s Agriculture Officer Krishna Prasad Sharma, and social mobiliser Rajendra Kumar Bhandari saw participation of 37 locals who are primarily involved in agriculture.
The training is targeted to enable and encourage households to produce their own vegetables to not only feed their own families, but to also educate them of the possibilities of using it as an income source. The participants were also provided with seeds of various vegetables.
First time Mrs. Sunita Thami Dhuskun-8, Salle, has two plastics tunnel with tomatoes. And the JTA of ISARD follow up and advice for the good work and to give ideas for cultivation. Now tomatoes are ready to sell, She is happy with her first work.
ISARDOff farm vegetables cultivation of plastic tunnel
Under ICFON’s ‘Livelihood Improvement through Agriculture Development Activites’ project, 12 farmers were chosen to be supported with drip irrigation in their farm. Among them ISARD has managed to successfully install the technology in four of the farmers’ plastic tunnels. Bhakta Bahadur Thami of Dhuskun – 4, Bir Bahadur Shrestha of Dhuskun – 9, Ganesh Lama of Dhuskun – 5, and Padam Bahadur Thami of Dhuskun – 8 were provided 100 liters’ drum each that were fitted with pipes. While the initial estimation allocated a budget of Rs. 10,000 for each farmer, the installation was cheaper, at Rs. 4,200 each. Considering this, ISARD has decided to increase the number of the benefiting farmers under this program. The same technology has also been installed in the demonstration farm of ISARD. The full potential of the drip irrigation system however has yet to be tested since irrigation as of the moment is not a problem because of the monsoon. Its true utilization and benefits will only be seen during the dryer/winter season.
Installation of the system in the remaining farms will continue post monsoon.
ISARDLivelihood Improvement through Agriculture Development Activites