Agriculture is the livelihood for more than 80% of the population. Agriculture is the main source of food, income, and employment for the majority. It contributes to 35% of the gross domestic product (GDP) of Nepal. Efforts to boost the agricultural sector by Government of Nepal and foreign aid agencies have focused on various issues but notably crop diversification and technical capacity building of farmers.
Nepal has to apple farming for some years as a high-value crop as an income-generating solution in the remote hills of Nepal. It is also a source of high nutrition for the local population. Mountainous region has great scope for apple production due to the temperate climate with suitable soil and temperature which for apple cultivation. But the apple farming have not been able to grow on a commercial scale. Apple is cultivated in about 4,400 hectares of land in Nepal which yields about 32,000 metric tons of apples annually, putting Nepal yield at about 7 metric tons per hectare.
Study for low production shows that farmers are less aware about scientific agro commercial practices, horticulture schemes and agro inputs. The farmers do not have adequate knowledge on when or how to efficiently irrigate, fertilize or prune their apple trees and minimize post-harvest losses.
Thus, there is a need to organize specific training programs to impart them required technical knowledge and skills on improved fruit cultivation techniques on subjects like plant protection, training pruning, post-harvest handling. On-the-spot trainings on orchard management have proved to be very effective platform where the farmers can share experiences and knowledge with other farmers on practical aspects rather than theories.
|1||Arrival in Kathmandu – Transfer to hotel in Patan – Happy HourMeet|
|2||Kathmandu Sight-seeing / Visit Maiti Nepal, Pashupati Ashram,Kopan Monastery|
|3||Bhaktapur Sight-seeing / Free Afternoon|
|4||Early Departure for Marpha / Hike to Chimang Gaun and Set up Camp|
|8||Drive to Jomsom / Hike to Thini Gaun and Set-up Camp|
|12||Flight to Pokhara / Check into Hotel / Free Afternoon|
|13||Free Day (Optionals: Mountain Biking/Zip-line/Paragliding/White-water Rafting/Canyoning)|
|14||Morning Flight to KTM / Check into Hotel in Thamel / Free Day -Farewell Momo Dinner Party|
|15||Departure from Kathmandu|
|ExcursionPackage Cost: US$ 1550 per person||Activities|
|Project Cost: US$ 3300 – Fully or Partially Optional|
|The project supplies and professionalteam may be completely or partially provided by the volunteer group which includes agricultural tools, supplies, training props and professional team. In the absence of these resources, a locally sourced solution can be fully arranged at the above mentioned cost or a reduced cost for partial fulfillment.|