Ginger is indigenous to the Indo-China region, with Nepal being one of the most suitable countries for its production. An estimated 200,000 farmers produce 250,000 t/y of which the poor produce 30%. Ginger is mainly cultivated in the mid-hills, where many of the socially excluded groups reside, including Janajatis and Dalits.
However, lack of access to appropriate inputs for crop protection and advice on good agriculture practices is leading to diseases such as rhizome rot disease; threatening quality and production of ginger. Moreover, difficulties in accessing post-harvest technologies and lack of knowledge in trade and marketing are hindering the sector's potential to contribute to the economic growth of small holder farmers and small-scale entrepreneurs.
Samarth-NMDP aims to address these constraints, by improving access to inputs on disease management; providing advice on good agriculture practice, including post-harvest knowledge and handling; and by enhancing trade and marketing through diversification of ginger and ginger derivative markets.
1. Strengthen Capacity of NGPTA
2. Improve Trade and Marketing
3. Better Post -harvest Handling and Processing