Commercial Promotion of Lentil Sub-sector in Eleven Terai Districts of Nepal


Thematic Area: 


Wednesday, September 21, 2011 to Tuesday, April 30, 2013



Direct HH Coverage: 


Project Location: 

Saptari, Sirha, Sarlahi, Rautahat, Bara, Parsa, Nawalparasi, Banke, Bardia, Dang and Kailali districts

Target Group: 

Commercial lentil growers of the project districts


NPR 48392160.00 and NEAT grants NPR 44047598.00


To enhance the productivity and production of lentil through promotion of commercial farming and improving linkages among the value chain actors


Lentil growers’ capacity built for efficient production and marketing of lentil
Market mapping and lentil value chain developed for providing economic opportunities to lentil producers, processors and traders
Lentil seed supply chain developed through community based seed production (CBSP) approach linking to value chain
Mechanisms built for environmental sustainability and improved utilization of natural resources

Major Activities: 

Informal research and development (IRD) and technology demonstrations on new lentil varieties
Formation of CBSP groups and training on seed production technology
Demos on IPM/IDM and the use of FYM and bacterial inoculants
Demonstrations on commercial vegetable production (cucurbits, chilly and cowpea)
Support for micro-irrigation
LRP development and mobilization
Value Chain StudyTours
Tools and equipments support to farmers groups/cooperatives and small millers for processing, and collective marketing
Support on market information system
Marketing and business planning training to CBSP groups

Major Achievements: 

615 groups formed, 33 Field Technicians (FTs) recruited, 66 Leader farmers trained and recruited as LRPs, improved varieties of lentil seeds distributed as IRDs to 11138 households and 1308 lentil technology demonstration established