Commercial Vegetable Farming Training Program at Duipiple, Lamjung.

Vegetables are one of the nutritious foods and are considered to be protective foods since they contain high amount of vitamins and minerals. As per the general health standard, the minimum consumption requirement of the vegetables per person is 300 grams. Vegetables also supply dietary fibers (cellulose, Hemi cellulose, and lignin), which are essential for normal peristaltic action of the intestine. In Nepal, the production of vegetables is to be encouraged and expanded because the minimum requirement of vegetable intake is very low. Majority of the Nepali Farmers have small holdings and have to specialize in production with a high return from a small area. In this regards commercial vegetables farming plays a major role. Vegetable crops are efficient to generate cash even from a small plot of land in a short period of time and helps farmers reduce poverty. Nepal has the advantages of climatic condition. We can grow different winter and summer vegetables simultaneously taking advantages of altitude. Different study results revealed that the number of farmers growing different kinds of vegetables is increasing, the production and supply of vegetables in the market is also regularly increasing. There have been improvements in the access of agri-inputs in vegetable cultivation, production technologies and marketing channels to market their produce. However, the area under vegetable cultivation is very small, there has been an increase under the area of vegetable cultivation and shift from subsistence farming to commercialize is needed. The training was provided in order to educate the women on various aspects of Commercial vegetable farming.

The training program was conducted from 10th April 2023 to 12th April 2023 on ‘Commercial Vegetable Farming’ at Duipiple, Lamjung where thirty two members of Nirdhan Utthan Laghubitta Bittiya Sanstha Ltd Duipiple branch office participated. The chief guest was the chairman of Madhyanepal Muncipality ward no 4, Lamjung Mr. Ram Bahadur Shrestha who inaugurated the opening of Commercial Vegetable Farming Training Program at Duipiple, Lamjung.

The training program was organized to improve the income generation capacity of farmers through vegetable farming technology. The training program with resource persons Mr. Anup Prasad Devkota and Mr. Bipin Adhikari on farm training was highly successful as evident from the feedback of the participating members. The topics of the training program covered field preparation, nursery management, nutrient and irrigation management, pest and disease management, organic farming and post-harvest management of vegetable crops including field visit to Jungle Krishi Farm.

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