YAP Proposal #84 “Rejuvenating Declining Citrus Orchard” (Madan Poudel, Nepal)

Citrus is the major fruit crop in the mid hills of Nepal. However, The Citrus Greening disease infestation has increased alarmingly in recent years making it a biggest concern for mid-hill farmers. Support my friends vision to combat the disease for supporting the livelihood and his dream of transforming his village into a model citrus village. Follow the link,add your view by commenting on it,support his mindset by liking it and Let the world know his vision through your sharing.


Dark days for Citrus Growers

As a boy, I used to run up and down the hill, through terraces of sun-kissed citrus trees. Ever since I remember, I worked in the orchard with my parents planting mandarins in summer, picking up the fruits and carrying it for market in homemade bamboo basket. As I joined my Bachelors in agriculture, I realized that the most part of the farm in which I lived was disappearing, production was declining. Not only my farm, now whole Nepal’s citrus farm lies in peril and citrus grower’s livelihood is in jeopardy. Some of the reason behind the decline are Phypthopthora disease, citrus greening disease, citrus Tristiza disease, poor orchard management and low quality planting materials. These reasons of decline are bringing dark days among citrus growers in Nepal.

Farm, My Love

I am Madan Poudel, 23 years old citriculture entrepreneur. My farm lies in…

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Trekking To Gosaikunda (Langtang National Park site, Rasuwa)

Life full of journey that teaches a lot. We 12 guys studying B.Sc Agriculture at Agriculture And Forestry University, Chitwan march to Rasuwa aiming to study the status of agriculture, daily schedule of himalayan people in agriculture ,  agritourism and experience himalayan lifestyle.


Agriculture field covered with snow

We start our journey from Dhunche headquarter of Rasuwa district in the early morning. We reached Ghatte Khola (1960masl) after about half hour trekking from Dhunche where a temple is present in symbol of Buddhism and Hindu that motivate step more high towards our destination. Then we reached  Deurali (2650 masl) after about 2hours of trekking  from Ghatte khola. Deurali  a place to feel more high with natural beauty around with sparkling Himalayans and mountain greenary. We trek enjoying the beautiful nature around our journey. Sound of birds add music to our trekking which make us feel welcome to enjoy real nature. When we reach Dhumsi (3110masl) it started to snow fall, we feel more happy to enjoy real snowfall for the first time in life.


Guys enjoying snowfall

Really its feel us as we are in new world free from all those stress and many more. We continue our journey enjoying snowfall and reached to Chandan Bari (3250 masl) at hotel site where only one Hotel Red Panda was opened . We decide to stay that night there and will march next early morning to our destination .


Snowy around our Hotel sorrounding

Next early morning we forward our step to Gosaikunda. We enjoyed trekking in snowy trail Lauri Binayak and so many other places to our destination. We feel as we are in the lap of Himalayan playing games. After about 6 hours of our trekking we reached at 4380 masl where our final destination…


Gosaikunda 4381masl, Rasuwa

Gosaikunda a place must to visit is the holy place of Hindu and Buddhist with many more Lakes (Kundas) around. If you people want to feel real heaven don´t think think more plan and march to Gosaikunda.  March to September is the best time to trekking where you can enjoy rhododendron and many more which is the main season. First week of february also is the best where you can experience snowfall , a new experience in life.. Make life more wonderful visiting such beautiful places…


Guys on rest at Lauri Binayak 3851masl


ICT’s the only way to promote Agriculture

Agriculture is a way of life. Nepal, where more than 65 percent people involve in agriculture as their main occupation for living but still it cannot fulfill their needs. Subsistence agriculture on the fragment land system is prevailing in Nepal. Information and Communication Technology can play a key role to upgrade the present Subsistence agriculture into the commercial agriculture. Social Medias , newspaper , radio , television , SMS , Smartphone applications , blogs and various articles on different internet sites are the most to farmers and researchers co-ordination to learn and share more on agriculture.Nepal with most of the rural areas where agriculture is the daily routine of most of the people. The use of ICT’s in agriculture is very much important which can be termed as E-agriculture. This involves the use of concepts, design and evaluation of the process on agriculture enhancing the rural people development . Agriculture involve crop cultivation , water and fertilizer management, entomological and pathological management, harvesting , post harvest technology , conversion of agro-products through processing , their marketing maintaining the quality of agro products in a sequential manner. There should be the judicious decision of the farmers in such activities to get maximum outputs with their inputs. There is a necessary of the modern technology and information.Geographical situation itself is the boon to Nepali agriculture which suits growth of nearly all type of agro crops grown in the world where technology can have special use to this gift of nature. Use of technology for weather forecasting, geographical situation also uplift the agriculture. Nowadays the use of smart phones is increasing so smart phones applications can play a vital role to flow information and knowledge via different applications. Various smart apps like Krishi-Ghar , Smart Krishi , IFA-Agriculture are disseminating their information and knowledge to the farmer level. Use of Global Positioning System (GPS) provides a wide geographical fencing and mapping . One of the examples of use of GPS in Kenya as Every year Elephants are troubling the farmers by damaging their valuable crops. For the control of this they fit a special device to the elephant that warns when elephant enter such areas with GPS and SMS alerts. Same technology can be beneficial in the Terai region of Nepal where elephants and rhinos are destroying the agriculture crops every year.Radio , television and newspaper are also one of the best way to provides knowledge of modern agriculture to farmer level. I myself host Agriculture Radio program which give a way to learn the farmer in rural level who have no access of Internet , newspapers. Radio is easy means for farmer to get access with t the information in their own indigenous way in simple way. Through the interview with agriculture scientists , successful farmers , related authority on agriculture field and solving their agricultural problems on crops and livestock’s disseminate more knowledge and interest to use technology to their agriculture. Audio – visual media are the best way of learning and this can be gain by the farmer with radio and televisions. Success story of farmers from such medias inspire them to adopt technology and use in their farms. A easy way to understand and adopt the knowledge is communication and technology.Many of the technological tools are developed like automatic milking in the diary technology which milk the diary milk without human labor which is benefits economically as well in quality management of the diary products. There are other technological invention that lead agriculture to a higher level and uplift the daily living status of Nepali people.Various International and National Conferences focused the use of ICT’s to promote the agriculture. The ultimate way of upgrading the present status of the Nepalese agriculture from the subsistence to a Commercial world of agriculture is ICT’s. No other way to promote the agriculture other than ICT’s in long term and sustainable development of the nation and people. Nepal definitely can be the world leading nation from the agriculture prospect if the use of ICT’s is promoted from the grass root level .blog


What I learned from Organic Farm visit

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Few weeks ago, we students of Agriculture and Forestry University (agriculture faculty) had a visit to an Organic Farm located in nearby village. We met Chandra Parsad Adhakari, an innovative organic farmer who has more than 15 years experience in this field. Farmers establish local innovative organization having more than 125 members and they organize different training and programme like indigenous seed saving and exchange, farmyard manure improvement and processing programme to create organic VDC. Chandra Parsad Adhakari has a small farm with more than 80 diversified crops showing the good example of multi storey cropping system.

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