Towards commercial farming through collaboration

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Ms. Tulsi Pulami is a chairperson of Nawajagaran Agriculture Group in Surkhet, one of the 60 smallholder farmers collectives formed by Caritas Nepal implemented SAFBIN project. The group comprises 15 smallholder farmers’ households and most of them are female farmers. 

“We are excited and looking forward to see the production!”

-Ms Tulsi Punami,
Farmer, Surkhet

SAFBIN provided Rs. 25,000/- to the group as seed money to start mushroom cultivation. The project also provided them one-day technical training on mushroom production. The group purchased the mushroom seeds, nylon ropes, bamboo, straw, and plastic to prepare a tunnel. At the moment the group has 170 mushroom balls and produces 4 to 5 kg of mushroom from each ball. Currently, the local market price of mushrooms is Rs. 150 to 175 per kg. The group also has a plan to sell those mushrooms in a nearby market. 

“We are excited and looking forward to seeing the production”, says Ms. Pulami. She added that the group has a plan to extend the production and start a collective mushroom enterprise collectively.  

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