Sahaj signed a one-year partnership agreement with Mero Agro Pvt. Ltd. on 28 December 2017 at the Swisscontact Nepal office in Kathmandu. Smallholder farmers in 13 districts will get access to better knowledge and quality crop protection inputs through this partnership. Some of the districts in the agreement include Surkhet, Jajarkot, Dailekh, Panchthar, Dhankuta and Illam.
As per the agreement, Mero Agro will reach small farmers through its field staff and provide knowledge and information on crop protection inputs. Farmers will also benefit from trainings conducted by Mero Agro. Additionally, the company will expand its distribution network in new market areas while increasing retailers’ knowledge through trainings. They will run plant clinics to help farmers with their crop diseases. The company will distribute information leaflets and banners in Nepali, in order to increase farmers’ knowledge on the benefits of crop protection solutions. Mero Agro will also provide farmers with information on judicious usage of crop protection solutions so there is reduced risk of health hazards due to use of pesticides.
Mero Agro Private Limited is an importer of agriculture inputs including crop protection inputs (CPI) in Nepal. They are based in Baneshwor, Kathmandu. Currently the company is importing and distributing crop protection inputs, organic fertilisers, seeds, micro nutrients, vitamins, sprayers, greenhouse accessories, greenhouse plastic, etc. The company has its distribution network in major market centers of Nepal and is expanding its business to hilly and relatively non-commercial areas.
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. Navin Dahal, Team Leader of Sahaj-NAMDP, and Mr. Shreekrishna Shrestha, CEO of Mero Agro Pvt Ltd, on behalf of their respective organisations.