Multi-Dimensional Action for Development- Nepal (MADE-Nepal) signed a partnership agreement with Arbind Agro Centre on 24 October 2017 at Arbind Agro Center's office in Bara. The partnership is focused on promoting high yielding varieties of maize seeds among smallholder farmers. Productivity of maize farmers is expected to increase after access to these improved seed varieties.
The company will promote and market these high yielding seeds in new districts of Udaypur, Sindhuli, Morang, Jhapa, Sunsari, Bhojpur and Ramechhap through promotional campaigns and different printed materials.
Arbind Agro Center imports high yielding maize, wheat, vegetable and paddy seeds as well as sprayers and pesticides. The company is situated at Kalaiya in Bara. Initially, it started its business with a small store in 2048 BS. However, over time it has grown its business volume and network. The company is an authorised distributor of Nuziveedu seeds from Hyderabad, India. It imports Dragon, Sresta and Bunny variety of maize seeds. It has a network of 35 to 40 dealers. It sells its seeds through its network at Bara, Parsa, Rautahat, Chitwan, Jhapa, Morang and Kavre. It plans to expand into new areas and conduct demonstrations of maize seeds.
MADE-Nepal is a national non-profit organisation based in Chitwan, Nepal. It has been working in the development sector for more than two decades. MADE-Nepal works with the objective of improving the quality of life of poor and marginal groups of people through interventions of improved livelihood, technologies, social empowerment, advocacy, disaster managed and accountable institutional promotion. It is implementing Sahaj-Nepal Agricultural Market Development Programme, an Inclusive Markets programme, as a co-facilitator. 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. Min Raj Bhandari, Program Director of MADE-Nepal and Mr. Sunil Kumar, Proprietor of Arbind Agro Center.