The Cereal crops’ farm transformed into Tomato farming

Ms Thumara Wad
Ms Thumara Wad

Ms Thumara Wad, 48 years lives at Budhinanda Municipality-1, Kolti in Bajura district with six members ofher family. She was suffering from food scarcity due to low income and less productivity of her small piece of land instead of hard work. The family has only 1.5 ropani of land and they used to do traditional farming in that small piece of land. Her husband used to work as unskilled labour after the freed haliya and she worked as agricultural labour in a landholder’s farm to solve their basic family needs. Now, her husband is engaging in haliya movement as vice-chairperson in District Haliya Mukti Samaj Bajura.

In 2018, she took membership of Uthan Haliya Group strengthened by Rastriya Mukta Haliya Samaj federation Nepal (RMHSFN), the implementing partner of LWF under “Strengthening the Collective Action of Freed Haliyas-IDPs for their better Access and promoting Socio-economic Rights in Nepal-SAHAS” with the financial support from Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). There are 25 members in her group and all of them participated in nine month long Transformative Education Class. With the project support, at the beginning of 2019, 7 farmers out of 25 cultivated vegetables in 9 ropani (0.5 hactor) of land. They received technical training and equipment support like spray tank, rose cane, poly-house, mulching plastic and garden pipe for irrigation to start commercial vegetable farming.

She was so encouraged to grow market led off-season cucumber, cucumber, tomato, bitter gourd, beans and capsicum. She managed 0.075 hector (1.5 ropani) of land for commercial vegetable farming. She was provided regular backstopping support from agricultural technician of the project for nursery stocking, transplanting, disease and pest management, harvesting, post harvesting techniques and market linkages.

She earned NPR 43,000 (USD$ 391) within four months by selling fresh vegetable in local market surplus from her household consumptions. Previously she used to grow wheat and paddy in her field and getting 1.5 quintal of wheat and two quintal of paddy having monetary values of about NPR 10,800 (USD$ 98) only so hardly able to feed for 3 months. Now, the vegetable farming changed their life and helped to ensure the food security round the year. All the group members have purchased shares from the cooperative namely Mukta Haliya Agriculture Cooperative Ltd at Kolti and increased saving amount in respective group and cooperatives.

All the group members are very happy and encouraged from the income of off-seasonal vegetables. So they plan to expand vegetable farming in additional one hector of land by leasing from the landlords. Nowadays, both husband and wife are engaged in vegetable farming and preparing seedlings for coming season and finally stopped the labour work. Lastly she suggested other farmers too to expand off-seasonal vegetable farming to raise their household income and locally self-employed.