Tulsipur MPAC sharing meeting and field visit concludes
June 7, 2023: Dang Ghorahi: Rural Women Development Center -RWDC has organized a one day Municipality level Project Advisory Committee (MPAC) sharing, learning and field visit on June 6,2023 at Tulsipur Sub Metropolis ward no 11, Motipur.
The MPAC was held under Reducing Post harvest losses through access to new technologies (Replant) project which is funded by USAID, technically supported by iDE and implemented by RWDC in five palikas of Dang district since January 1, 2023.
The nine member MPAC led by Mayor Tika Ram Khadka and Deputy Mayor Shyani Chaudhary visited the field at Motipur to observe the agri friendly technology on Maize plantation via Fall Army worm treatment.
The team also observed Hermetic bag ( PICS bag) for storage of dry grains at the farmers houses. Hermetic bags are usually produced by a private agency known as NAAF See pvt ltd in Lalitpur who has affiliation with the Perdue University that has provided the principle and technology of PICs bag manufacturing in Nepal.
The Nine Member MPAC of Tulsipur Sub Metropolis include the following names
- Tika Ram Khadka (Mayor -Coordinator )
- Shyani Chaudhary (Deputy Mayor-member)
- Bishnu Kumari Acharya (member)
- Maya Shrestha (member)
- Dhanraj Gautam (member)
- Manoj Oli (member)
- Rabindra Dangi (member)
- Man Bahadur Rawat (member)
- Shristi Shah (members secretary)
Around 16 participants including MPAC memebrs and project staff and RWDC board and communication officer (Madhava Pokharel and Parbati Basnet) participated in the program.
The MPAC meeting commenced with the moderation of supervisor Arbind Chaudhary. The meeting was chaired by Mayor Tika Ram Khadka. The main objective and highlights of the Replant project was briefed by Project Coordinator Hit Bahadur Thapa, while Mayor and Deputy Mayor Shyani Chaudhary highlighted the local agriculture based burning issued to be addressed by both project and local government. Both Mayor and deputy Mayor committed to support the project activities in future too.
The MPAC meeting suggested to outsource the suitable market for the farmers produce and recommended for need for orientation among the farmers to avoid using more chemicals which are not good for human health. The suggestions also hinted towards organizing regular market fair (hat bazaar) for the farmers to sell their agriculture products in time. These suggestions were extracted from the field monitoring forms given to the MPAC members.
At the end of the meeting a social audit was also discussed to make the expenditure of MPAC more transparent and accountable to the MPAC members.
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