Partnership agreement signed between Multi-Dimensional Action for Development-Nepal (MADE-Nepal) and Krishak Beej Bhandar

Multi-Dimensional Action for Development- Nepal (MADE-Nepal) signed a formal partnership agreement with Krishak Beej Bhandar on 1st October, 2017 at Krishak Beej Bhandar's office in Birgunj, Nepal. According to the agreement, the partnership will work on marketing registered varieties of maize seeds in new markets and areas within Nepal. This is expected to benefit farmers by providing them with access to high yielding maize seeds, and to increase national maize productivity and production to substitute import of maize grain for the feed industry.

Krishak Beej Bhandar is one of the largest hybrid seed importing companies in the country. It imports maize, wheat, vegetable, paddy seeds, and pesticides. The company is a major authorized distributor of Pioneer, Bayer, Bio Seed, Nath BioGen, DevGen Seed, Durga Chemicals, etc.  It has a dealer's network of about 125 agrovets spread through various districts of Nepal.  At present, the company has its presence in Parsa, Bara, Sarlahi, Rautahat, Jhapa, Makwanpur, Chitwan, Nawalparasi, and Kavre districts.

 

The company plans to expand to new areas like Dang and Bardiya, and use its network of agrovets to conduct orientation and demonstration at the farmer's level. It will be marketing high yielding maize seeds through promotional campaigns, printed materials and others. Farmers in these districts will be made aware of the different kinds of high yielding seeds available in the market. A basic knowledge of maize farming will also be provided to the farmers.

 

MADE-Nepal is implementing the Market Systems Development programme – Sahaj-Nepal Agricultural Market Development Programme (NAMDP) – which is a bilateral initiative of the Government of Nepal and the Government of Switzerland, as a co-facilitator for Maize and Post Harvest sectors. MADE-Nepal is a national non-profit organization based in Chitwan, Nepal. It has been working in the development sector for more than two decades. The main goal of the organization is to improve the quality of life of poor and marginalised group of people through interventions of improved livelihood, technologies, social empowerment, advocacy, disaster managed and accountable institutional promotion.

 

Sahaj-NAMP is mandated by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and is implemented jointly by Swisscontact and Center for Environmental and Agricultural Policy Research, Extension and Development (CEAPRED). Sahaj aims to sustainably improve livelihoods of rural smallholders, especially disadvantaged groups and women-headed households, through their participation in commercial agriculture and ‘interconnected markets’.

 

The agreement was signed by Mr. Min Raj Bhandari, Program Director of MADE-Nepal and Mr. Chote Lal Prasad, Managing Director of Krishak Beej Bhandar.

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