Implementation of Community Managed Seed Program

Implementation of Community Managed Seed Program is being implemented by Department of Agriculture with grand support from the World Bank to implement seed program in 21 Hill districts. Its Contract ID is: IWRMP/AF/CS/2009-10#2. The project envisaged to develop and establish commercially viable community based seed production and marketing groups in remote project area to undertake various activities such as seed multiplication, marketing of seeds, grading and quality control and first level processing and linkages with market for increased production and productivity of major food grains, targeting toward sustaining food security in the country.

As a Consultant, CMS accomplished the following:

  • Conducted feasibility studies, baseline and market survey to identify the feasibility of community-based seed production, establishment of community seed centre and marketing program in 21 remote hill districts, targeting the disadvantaged groups;
  • Identified 38 areas of relevance, facilitated them (local farmers) to form the groups, trained them in establishment of community seed centers, and imparted skills pertaining to seed production, collection, processing and marketing of quality seeds;
  • The construction of 38 seed centers were contracted out to the farmer groups and the local farmers were trained to work in construction for the promotion of local employment and for ownership feeling. Local farmers have been trained and engaged in the operation of the seed processing machines and other operation and maintenance of the seed center. In addition, a total of 853 numbers of farmers were extensively trained on Seed Technology through the training program of 15 days duration.
  • Provided assistance to the Regional Seed Testing Laboratories (RSTL) for quality assurance, certification and tagging of the seed lots produced under these 38 seed centers. Provided week long training on Seed Certification and Management to 29 RSTL and SQCC staff. Similarly, 110 DADO staffs were provided with ToTs of 15 days duration.
  • Developed guidelines for establishing a Revolving Fund and mobilization of grant amount to each seed centers for supporting the purchase of seeds from individual contract farmers;
  • Established mechanism for mentoring, backstopping and monitoring effectiveness of the farmers groups on regular basis and for revising and adapting planning & implementing arrangement to respond to the emerging needs and demands on the ground.
  • Developed and printed the “Trainer’s Manual in Seed Technology” for wider circulation.

Community Irrigation Project

Community Irrigation Project is being implemented by Department of Local Infrastructure Development and Agricultural Roads (DOLIDAR) with grant support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to develop or improve small-scale irrigation systems in 12 districts (Kanchanpur, Kailali, Dang, Kapilvastu in the Terai plains; Doti, Salyan, Rukum, Rolpa, Pyuthan in the hills; and Bajhang, Jumla, Mugu in the mountains) in Nepal through a community-driven process targeted at the poor, women, and other disadvantaged groups.

The targeted communities will intensify and diversify agricultural practices toward higher value crops. With efficient utilization, more reliable and available irrigation water, acquired irrigated agricultural skills, and better access to production inputs, crop yields are expected to increase by at least 15% in the subprojects within 5 years of construction. The project will develop or improve small-scale irrigation systems covering 17,000 ha in 12 districts in Nepal through a community-driven process targeted to the poor farmers and other disadvantaged groups. The project will include surface water irrigation schemes and shallow tube well irrigation schemes in blocks of at least 40 ha.

CMS has undertaken the consulting assignment under the joint venture partnership with Sustainable Infrastructure Development Foundation; Karnali Integrated Rural Development and Research Centre; and Social Empowerment and Building Accessibility Center Nepal.CMS as a lead firm, is responsible for: Project Management and Implementation support to PCU; assistance in the identification and screening of potential subprojects; strengthening water users association (WUAs); undertaking feasibility assessments of screened subprojects using a comprehensive participatory approach; prepare detailed designs and bill of quantities (BOQs); support to water users association (WUAs) in undertaking subproject irrigation works and supervising construction; and developing and implementing agricultural extension programs and linkages to other agricultural support programs. The total duration of the consulting assignment is 56 months starting from July 2012.