Devastating earthquake in 2015 severely impacted on the livelihoods of the family of Saili Wal Tamang. In the village of Pokharichour of Thakre rural municipality ward number 5, they used to grow maize, potato, finger millet and seasonal vegetables which was the main source of their livelihoods. The production was not commercial but had sustained livelihoods by selling the surplus production. After the quake, water sources became dry and crop production was limited.
In August 2017, Saili became the member of Kalidevi farmer group formed by FOSTER project. She and other group members got various training related to group management, saving and credit, nursery management, vegetable production technologies, IPM, vegetable production under plastic house.
When she used her skill and knowledge gained through the training, she felt that changes were obvious. There was drastic decline in the damages caused by insects and rainwater, production volume was higher.
“I planted tomato under plastic house which I found safer. I was able to earn Rs 35000 from tomato alone,” she said, “Additionally, I also earned Rs 17,000 from off-season potato cultivation.” Vegetable farming is the source of livelihood of her six-member family. According to her drip irrigation technology supported by the project has solved irrigation problem now.
She has also emerged as a motivator in the in the community by sharing knowledge and skills to the neighbor about improved farming practices.
“I have further plan to add 2 more plastic house in coming year,” she said, “I realized that production is dependent on the knowledge, skill and farming practices,”