HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KAVRE: Farmers in Mahadevsthan, Patalekhet and Nayagaun villages of Kavre have greatly benefited after the villages were mooted as ‘smart villages’ months back as part of a pilot project launched by the Centre for Environmental and Agriculture Policy Research Extension and Development.
In view of the degrading environment due to climate change, CEAPRED with the assistance of ICIMOD had selected the villages as ‘smart villages’ back in June and had trained farmers to adopt organic farming and tap on modern technology to acquire and share necessary information related to their occupation.
According to project coordinator Arjun Khanal, the project has done well in the villages. “With the project’s implementation, local farmers have started using manure instead of chemical fertilisers and herbal remedies prepared at home instead of pesticides.
Besides, farmers have also learnt to use modern communication and information technology to gather information about different issues related to agriculture, including sale and marketing of their produce,” Khanal said, adding, the farmers get information about diseases in their crops and livestock through text messages in their phones.
“The concept has not only decreased production cost but also increased sales as the crops are now organic,” said Khanal. “Locals have become aware that we can produce and earn more than before without damaging the environment,” said local farmer Kamal Timalsina of Patalekhet.
“As the project has succeeded here, we’ll take it to other villages in the district soon,” Khanal said.