SAMARTH-Nepal Market Development Programme
Location: South Asia | Nepal
Sector: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Dates: Starts 01/11/2012 | Completion 30/11/2014
Partners: Adam Smith International
The project will intervene in two major systemic constraints below that will focus on bringing systemic changes in the overall market functions (core, supporting and rules) through supply of fresh ginger in the market on a regular basis while improving the production system and the enabling environment.
(i) Disease Management
One of the major constraints in ginger sub-sector growth is high incidence of disease. Rhizome rot is the main problematic disease that is caused by two types of micro-organism – fungus and bacteria. Although formal research results have shown positive outcomes in controlling diseases and insects that affect ginger, the knowledge and dissemination of appropriate use of bio-fungicides and other chemicals is woefully inadequate in Nepal. One of the leading bio-fungicides to control rhizome rot in ginger is ‘Trichoderma’, although different forms of bio-fungicides exist. Trichoderma is already tested in tea, vegetable and ginger sectors. The adoption of Trichoderma has been high compared to other bio-fungicides. Mercy Corps and its partners will introduce the application of Trichoderma as a preventative and curative measure for ginger disease management. These efforts will raise awareness through promotional activities of Trichoderma for effective product knowledge outreach to famers, agro vets and traders. The main project partners - Crop Pro Tech (CPT) and Everest Agro Trade Nepal, are lead firms involved in the promotion and supply of this product, and rendering technical services to the farmers.
(i) Low Cost Storage (LCS)
Due to perishable nature of product and weight loss concern, ginger farmers are forced to sell their produce during harvest season when the supply is at its peak that results in oversupply at times. In this context, the LCS has shown promising result in the Mercy Corps previous project ‘Spicing Up the Deal: Ginger’ (2008/2010) with farmers reporting increase in profit by 37% per kilogram of fresh ginger. This effort was self-replicated by various farmers and farmer groups and adopted in many new districts in Eastern Nepal. The LCS is popular due to cost effectiveness, easy to construct, limited requirement of technical know-how and use of local resources. The current project will continue this initiative through its lead partner - National Ginger Producers and Traders Association (NGPTA) which is the leading national commodity body for Ginger in Nepal. NGPTA is affiliated with Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI).