Stakeholders successfully completed the monitoring of the TERAI Project

Kathmandu - A two-day joint monitoring visit was conducted from 11 to  12 June 2023 by its stakeholders under the enhanced rural AI (TERAI) project for smallholder dairy farmers in Nepal.

The monitoring team consisting of Agriculture and Forest University (AFU), National Cattle Research Program (NCRP), District Coordination Committee (DCC), Local government, ADRA Asia, ADRA Nepal, Forum for Rural Welfare and Agricultural Reform for Development (FORWARD) Nepal, and Indreni Rural Development Centre (IRDC) Nepal, monitored the project activities at the working areas of the project.

The team mentioned that the project is moving in the right way at the field level considering the project's intended result. In addition, the team expressed that, the project has prepared its ground works like group formation, capacity building, demonstration of the improved practices on balanced feed, year-round forage and fodder management, hygienic milk production.

The monitoring team observed the hygienic milk production and management training, low-cost animal housing improvement, and improved feed management training in farmer field school. Similarly, the team did interaction with Banganga and Sainamaina municipalities of Kapilvastu and Rupandehi district and shared the achievement of the first year and discussed the potential areas of collaboration in the second year.

Phanendra Prashad Sharma, Mayor of Sainamaina Municipality and Chakrapani Aryal, Mayor of Bangana Municipality have appreciated the TERAI project coordination and achievement done so far.

As the project has provided various training for the capacity building and input support in dairy production to smallholder's farmers in the municipality. Both Local Governments are positive for doing collaboration with the TERAI project to commercialize the dairy sector in the municipality in second year.

Nawraj Dhakal, the chairperson of Kanchan Rural Municipality had appreciated the project for supporting the smallholder farmers on improved feed management, forage management, and breed improvement. He said, the project is very effective to improve the livelihoods of small holders' farmer through livestock farming and milk production.

He further mentioned that Kanchan Rural Municipality will do resource collaboration with the TERAI project to reach out to more farmers and significant results in the coming future.

Umakant Chapai, Chief of District Coordination Committee expressed his happiness to the project for supporting small dairy farmers on improving their livelihoods and dairy business. He was very much impressed with the program like preparing improved feed at household level and forage based dairy farming for higher profit. He suggested promoting forage and fodder on bund, unused land, and community forest land for sustainability of dairy business.

Similarly, Professor Dr.  Hom Bahadur Basnet, Dean of Faculty of Animal Science, Veterinary Science, and Fisheries appreciated the achievement of the project during short period of time. He further added that AFU is ready to collaborate with TERAI project on sterility management, animal health management, improved nutrition management, and hygienic milk production at field level.

Likewise, Sagar Poudel, the Coordinator of National Cattle Research Program expressed that  Nepal Agriculture Research Council is ready to collaborate on pregnancy test of artificially inseminated cattle and buffalos, improved forage, and fodder production technologies through outreach research programs.

Likewise, Dr. Brendon Irvine, Program and Planning Director, ADRA Asia had given cordial thanks to the project team and its partners for their hard work to prepare the good foundation of the project in a short period of time.

He further suggested, we need to integrate the nutrition, veterinary services, nutritious forage and fodder, improved sanitation, and disease management for higher genetic potential yield from the improved breed.