UNNATI seeks to support cooperatives to deliver high quality support services and link small holder farmers along the BP highway corridor to large markets (Kathmandu and Indian border towns).
In 2013, 43 farmers groups were formed covering 1,024 small holder households, an assessment of the capacity of the existing cooperative was done and members of farmer’s group were trained on group mobilization. All 1,024 farmers were trained in organic vegetable production techniques and all have started using farm yard manure as fertilizer to complement chemical fertilizer.
Similarly, 66 households fully replaced chemicals and used animal urine as a pesticide and a fertilizer. All of the 1,024 beneficiary households received and cultivated high yielding varieties of vegetable seed and were able to generate income of NRs. 1,368,890 selling 35 Metric of fresh vegetables.