How a farmer is striving to bounce back
In Nepal, about 60% of the farmers still practice subsistence farming, according to the Ministry of Agricultural Development’s findings in 2015.
Attempting to change this trend are farmers like Krishna Shrestha. Krishna belongs to a remote village in Nuwakot District that was badly affected in the destructive earthquakes in 2015. He lost a large portion of his house to the disaster and it was difficult for him to bounce back after this. With a little bit of help from World Vision, Krishna is no longer a small-holder farmer. He is taking small strides towards commercial farming and making substantial progress, thanks to the generous support from Global Affairs Canada.
Krishna weeding his cauliflower farm. After taking part in commercial farming training, Krishna received vegetable seeds from the local market that he planted on his farm. This season, by selling cauliflowers and cabbages, he has made a profit of around NRs. 6000 (US$ 60).
Krishna works in his field and hopes that he will have a good yield this time as well. Krishna has six children, one of them is still in school. The profit will help him support his daughter’s education and manage household expenses.
Krishna at his tomato farm. “Growing tomatoes during off-season was a huge challenge before. Now that I have received poly-tunnels, I will be able to grow them irrespective of what season,” he says.
Krishna Kumari is Krishna’s wife and is busy with her daily chores.
Krishna Kumari at the storage space where the family’s grains are stored. In the earthquake, as walls tore down, its mud and stones fell on the ground, mixing with all the grains. “It was tough separating the grains from the dust. We did not eat for a while,” shares Krishna.
Had they had storage containers, their grains would be safe. As one of the agro input support, this storage containers will help Krishna’s family keep their yield safe.
The pair moving the container to a better space.
The pipes and sprinklers he received have made irrigating his farm easier.
All smiles; the 51 year old farmer is hopeful that with all the knowledge and improved farming tool support he has received, he will be able to do away with subsistence farming