Beginning of April, 2012, New ERA has been providing
financial support (Rs. 56,700) to eight farmers (7 women and one man) of
the 'Sairo Gairo Farmer's Group' while technical assistance is being
provided by the district Agriculture development office, Kaski. The
farmers based in Armala, V.D.C. no 6 and enclosing Pokhara Sub
Municipality – 16 Batulachaur, are part of the Sairo Gairo Farmer's
The "Sairo Gairo Agriculture Group" was formed by 15 improvised families
with the aim of generating income through agriculture works. Registered
in 2065, the group has been actively involved in income generating
farming activities. As the area's topography is appropriate for tomato
farming and there is a viable and profitable market for the produce as
well, the Agriculture development office has been advocating the use of
poly-tunnels to grow off season tomatoes and as an incentive, been
providing technical assistance as well as insecticides and fertilizers.
Fund from New ERA is being utilized to buy plastic sheets, thermometer,
scissors, and hybrid seeds. Each of the plastic tunnels is expected to
last for three years and the project will benefit 15 families
Report from the district agriculture office states that various plant
disease and technical issues arose in the poly tunnel and therefore
there were request for training twice from the group itself. However,
each farmer was able to earn a profit of Rs. 47,000 to 71,000 in a year.
As off season vegetables have viable market and profit can be made ten
times than those of seasonal food grains, the farmers are now requesting
for additional 75 poly-tunnels where hybrid tomato plants can be grown.