Heifer International Nepal

LSIL Technical Coordination Committee Meeting Held

KATHMANDU, 7 June – Meeting of Technical Coordination Committee (TCC) for three livestock research projects, implemented by Heifer International Nepal with support from USAID/Feed the Future, University of Florida, Livestock System Innovation Lab (LSIL), was conducted at Heifer Office in Hattiban. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Keshav Prasad Premy, Joint Secretary for the Ministry of Livestock Development (MoLD) and the President of the TCC. The objective of this meeting was to inform all the stakeholders about LSIL projects and to finalize goat sub-sector policy study document.

The meeting started with a presentation on findings of “Nepal Goat Sub-sector Policy Study” by Dr. Krishna P. Paudel. The policy study has been conducted jointly by Heifer International and MoLD to consolidate and document policy level issues that directly or indirectly influence goat sub-sector in Nepal and prepare a knowledge base for program planning. Comments, suggestion and feedback are collected from the stakeholders and decided to incorporate them while finalizing the study document.

Mr. Bhola S. Shrestha informed the committee and stakeholders about objectives and implementation modality of LSIL Reach grant project entitled “Innovations for Smallholder Female Livestock Growers in Nepal: Improving Cooperatives and Extension” and Focus grant projects titled “Improving Dairy Animal Productivity and Income of Dairy Farmers through Effective Control of Mastitis Disease” and “Feeding Support Tool Development for Enhancing Dairy Animal Productivity for Improved Livelihood of Smallholder Dairy Farmers in Nepal”. The meeting decided to invite National Animal Science Research Council as the member of TCC.

A discussion was conducted on modernizing delivery of Village Animal Health Worker (VAHW) training with distance learning-classroom hybrid approach. The key objective of this modernization is to increase percentage of females VAHWs. One of the plausible cause for less number of female VAHWs in Nepal is inconvenience for women to be away from home for extended period of 35 days training due to household responsibilities. Hence, the project envisages an alternative approach of combining distance learning (DL) and training centers to reduce number of days in training institutes without sacrificing competence and to provide VAHWs a tool for continually updating training knowledge. Dr. Keshav Prasad Premy, the President of TCC mentioned, “The entire world is moving towards digital world and digitization of VAHW training is an innovative concept which needs to be piloted and tested. This can be an asset to the Ministry and can be used widely”. The TCC decided to form a committee under Directorate of Livestock Training and Extension (DLTE) to harmonize the VAHW training curriculum.

The meeting was attended by a total of 27 participants, including officials from MoLD, Department of Livestock Services (DLS), Nepal Agriculture Research Council (NARC), National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Inter-disciplinary Analyst (IDA), Himalayan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (HICAST) and Heifer International.