MountDigit Technology Private Limited Nepal signed a partnership agreement with Nepal Agro-Forestry Seed Cooperative Limited (NAFSCOL) on 6 November 2017 at MountDigit’s office in Kathmandu. Through this agreement, NAFSCOL provide trainings and technical support to goat farmers of Sindhupalchowk regarding production and usage of quality forage and fodder. These trainings and the technical support are intended to improve goat productivity through smallholder farmers’ access to a well-balanced diet for their goats.
NAFSCOL is a leading farmer based cooperative involved in agroforestry seed production, promotion and marketing. It was established by a group of local farmers involved in forest and forage seeds production and registered in 2070 B.S. It works with the objective to produce and collect forest and forage seeds, to process, store, distribute and sell the seeds, and to provide training seed and sapling production and establishment of nurseries. The company has 39 seed producing entrepreneurs along with 36 farmers groups. It has worked with different organisations to develop capacity of nurseries, provide trainings to seed growing farmers and technical backstopping, technological transfer and provide market linkages.
MountDigit is a leading consulting company, and has been providing consulting services to various organisations, I/NGOs and the Nepal government since 2001. It is implementing Sahaj-Nepal Agricultural Market Development Programme, an Inclusive Markets programme, as a co-facilitator for Sahaj’s Goat sector. Sahaj is a bilateral initiative of the Governments of Nepal and Switzerland.
Nepal Agricultural Market Development Programme, branded as Sahaj, is implemented jointly by Swisscontact and Center for Environmental and Agricultural Policy Research, Extension and Development (CEAPRED). Mandated by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, it follows the Inclusive Markets approach which facilitates an improved market system that will benefit poor and disadvantaged smallholder farmers. Sahaj partners with the private sector for tangible and sustainable development.
The agreement was signed by Mr. Gyaneshwor Karki, Programme Director of MountDigit and Mr. Ram Prasad Gautam, Managing Director of NAFSCOL.