Nepal's small poultry farmers are receiving help in the form of instruction in better management practises from International Finance Corporation (IFC), a World Bank Group member.
IFC is instructing the farmers in better farm management practices that increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve poultry quality, helping boost sustainable agribusiness in the country.
The project will help strengthen the technical skills of 3,000 poultry farmers, directly impacting 40% of the industry. IFC is working through Nepal’s two largest poultry farms, Avinash Hatchery and Pro Biotech Industries.
“Supporting the development of sustainable agribusiness is a priority for IFC in South Asia,” said IFC’s regional sustainable business advisory manager Jeeva A Perumalpillai-Essex. “The project will create opportunities and increase incomes in an industry characterised by small farmers operating at the base of the pyramid.”
The SouthAsia Enterprise Development Facility, managed by IFC in partnership with the UK government and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, is leading the initiative.
As part of the broad initiative, a recent two-day training session on poultry farming covered disease management, bio-security, vaccination, brooding, and shed management.
The project has so far completed 88 sessions, training 2,000 poultry farmers, nearly a fifth of them women.