Kiwi agribusiness training

Country

Nepal

Led By

Student

Nataraja Venkatesh Maheshala, North Carolina State University

Description

Kiwis have been produced in Nepal for nearly 40 years; however, a recent surge in popularity has increased demand. The problem facing farmers is limited knowledge of fruit improvement techniques and kiwi markets. In order for their fruit to be marketable, farmers must gain knowledge on pruning and harvesting techniques, storage, and protection of crops from diseases and pests. This project will help farmers build knowledge through a series of trainings such as Kiwi Value-Chain and Cooperative Farming Introduction and Cultivating Quality Training, thus improving the knowledge-base of the kiwi business in Nepal and increasing fruit that meet imported kiwi standards. This project will include direct beneficiaries up to 160 local farming families, with women taking the lead on getting organic kiwi products to markets.