Suraj Khadka comes from a family of smallholder farmers in Nepal. At one time, Khadka used to produce seasonal vegetables such as chili, onion, and tomato. However, due to a lack of water for irrigation, growing vegetables during the dry season was extremely difficult. And growing tomatoes during the rainy season, when they fetch high prices, proved to be infeasible because the excessive rain negatively affected both crop growth and attracted pests, which increased the risk of disease.
Khadka is also a participant in the FOSTER project. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) supplied him with plastic materials and other local materials to build a greenhouse. In addition, Khadka installed a drip irrigation system with a 100-liter (26-gallon) tank that delivers water directly to the plant’s roots, especially during the dry season.
“I am able to extend the growing season of vegetables, especially tomato during the rainy season and gourds during winter,” Khadka said. “I am also able to efficiently use the scarce water through the drip system. This technology has really helped to boost the production even during extreme weather conditions.”
After the devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015, ADRA helped people living in rural areas of Nepal recover with the FOSTER project. In this joint project funded by ADRA Canada and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, ADRA Nepal worked with farmers to teach them how to be successful at goat raising and market gardening. Through these simple methods, ADRA helped people develop new sources of income to support their families.
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