Agricultural Component Implementation Unit(ACIU)

Agricultural activities will be implemented through the Agriculture Component Implementation Unit (ACIU) at Tikapur, headed by a Class II level Agriculture Component Coordinator, who will have Financial Management authority and operate the project account.

1.1 Functions of the ACIU

  • Timely preparation of annual work plan and budget. The process adopted would be participatory and consultative to include the WUAs, local government and relevant local institutions.
  • Ensure that planned activities are implemented on timely manner and safeguard measures are strictly adhered to.
  • Prepare the terms of references for project employed experts and ensure that the required staff are hired on time, based on agreed selection criteria and a fair selection process and monitor their performance and outputs.
  • Oversee, support and supervise extension activities such as the mobilization of farmer groups and cooperatives, agriculture trainings, setting up demonstrations, establishment and running FFS, cross-learning exposure visits and so on.
  • Support in identifying appropriate sites for the establishment of collection centers, seed storage and cold storages in consultation with respective municipalities, WUAs, and the PIO to ensure that the sites selected are appropriate and there are no conflicts.
  • Ensure that beneficiary selection for FFS, demonstrations, block production, training and visits are carried out through a fair and transparent process.
  • Ensure that procurement of goods, services, and trainings are consistent with the World Bank policy and procedures.
  • Prepare and submit timely trimester, semiannual and annual progress reports to the PIO, DOA, and Ministry of Agricultural, Land Management and cooperatives (MoALMC).
  • Manage day-to-day project activities for smooth functioning of project activities.
  • Take part and organize six-monthly implementation support reviews.
  • Support the strengthening of community agriculture service centers of the three municipalities in the RJK command area.
  • Work closely with the PIO and other concerned government agencies, NGOs/INGOs and private organizations, including the Water User Groups engaged in agriculture development in the project area.

1.2 Implementation Approach

Agriculture sub-component will adopt the following approaches while implementing approved programs and activities:

1.2.1 Participatory Extension Approach

Focus will be given to ensure active participation of beneficiary farmers in the planning, implementing and monitoring of project activities. Executive members of Water Users' Associations (WUAs), leaders of cooperatives and farmer groups will be involved actively while implementing planned activities. Joint monitoring of the field activities will also be organized at least twice a year. Such provisions are expected to develop strong ownership feeling among the WUAs and beneficiary farmers.

1.2.2 Collective Learning Platform

Collective learning platform will be made available to the farmers to establish better learning environment and adoption of acquired skills and practices. FFS and field based training learning cum demonstrations will serve as a collective learning platform, where farmers will have the opportunity to learn/discuss new practices, knowledge and skills related to topics of their interest and concern. The collective learning platforms will not only promote in adopting the new practices but also promote farmer-to-farmer learning and dissemination of new ideas and skills.

1.2.3 Climate Smart Agriculture

The project will borrow best practices in climate-smart agriculture and test/promote them in the project command area. The main purpose of CSA is to help farmers to tackle three main challenges: sustainably increasing agricultural productivity, adapting and building resilience to climate change, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Emphasis will be given to design and implement a program that minimizes the effects of climate change in food production system. The project will benefit from the Nepal Agriculture Research Council to secure and test drought and disease resistance cultivars and agronomic practices. In this context, the project will make use of recommendations made in the climate smart agriculture profile launched in 20172. To identify best CSA practices, the project will support applied research and development activities through the provision of Competitive Research Grant (see Section B4 for details).

1.2.4 Value Chain Approach

Value chain approach will be adopted to develop and foster vibrant linkages between the key value chain actors. The project will help farmers to ensure that they have access to financial services; input suppliers, technology, market and information services. Where possible, the project will assist the farmers to benefit from value addition opportunities through the establishment of processing and grading facilities, storage facilities so that farmers can add value on their products and secure premium price and store and sell their produce when the price is favorable. Project can provide machinery support for the production of banana chips, tomato ketch up, cucumber pickles etc. These processing units could either lead by groups/cooperatives or by private agri-firms.

1.3 Key Activities and Implemantation Process

S.No. Activities/program Objectives Process of implementation Eligible clients
A Capacity Development Program
A1 IPM-FFS program To minimize unwise use of chemical pesticides
and to promote best crop
  • Demand collection from farmer groups
  • Field verification
  • Conducting IPM-FFS in the field
  • Farmer groups,
  • Cooperatives
  • WUAs
B Extension and
outreach support
B1 Block Demonstration program To promote commercial cultivation of
cereals, vegetables, fruits, fish and mushroom
  • Notice for application
  • Evaluation of application and field verification
  • Agreement for specific commodity
  • Monitoring field activities
  • Provide support based on progress made
Individual farmers,
Farmer groups,
Private agri-firms, WUAs
B2 Seed Production
To improve availability of improved
seed and increase productivity
of the crops
  • Demand collection from the coopertives
  • Request for the annual seed production action plan
  • Agreement
  • Monitoring field activities
  • Provide support based on progress of seed production
Groups and cooperatives
involved in seed production
B3 Marginalized, poor and landless specific
support program
To improve income and
livelihood of poor and marginal farmers
  • Notice for simple application
  • Field verification
  • Agreement
  • Provide support
Poor, marginal and landless
farmers and their groups
and cooperatives
B4 Competitive research and
grant support
To test, verify and
introduce improve technologies
  • Ask for proposals and action plans
  • Negotiation for conducting technology based activities
  • Finally reach an agreement
  • Support on installment basis
Research based organization as
NARC, IRRI, Agriculture Universities
and college etc
C Technology adoption Support
C1 Support on construction of poly houses,
agr-net house and green house
To promote offseason commercial
cultivation of vegetables and flowers
  • Publish notice for application
  • Field verification
  • Agreement
  • Payment in accordance with progress in the field
Farmers and agri-firms
D Soil Management and
plant protection support
To improve soil fertility and
manage the disease and insect pests
  • Request/demand of farmers collected
  • Dayes and sites for the soil testing campaign and plant clinic fixed
  • Soil testing and plant clinic campaigns conducted for free
All intrested farmers of
project command area
E Agricultural mechanization To minimize the cost of production
and reduce drudgery of farmers
  • Publish notice for application
  • Assess land under commercial cultivation/plan
    for commercial cultivation
  • Verify organizational strength and
    capacity and possible use of machines
  • Agreement
  • Payment after purchasing of machines
Farmer groups, Agriculture
cooperatives, WUAs, Agri-Firms
F Post-harvest and
marketing support
To store, improve quality and
price of vegetables and fruits
  • Publish notice for proposal/application
  • Evaluation of proposal and action plan
  • Verifying proposed sites
    and expected output
  • Agreement
  • Payment made on output/progress bar
Farmer groups, Agriculture cooperatives
G Livestock production support To promote Commercial production
of livestock commodities
  • Request for application
  • Field verification
  • Agreement
  • Payment on the basis of progress
Individual farmers, Agri-firms
H Hiring consultant
  • Approval of TOR and selection process from world bank and DOA
  • Request for apllication
  • Evaluation of Cvs and work experiences
  • Approval form bank and DOA
  • Agreement
Individual experts with required qualification and work experience

1.4 Safeguard Management Plan and Framework

  • Environment Management Plan
  • Biodiversity Management plan
  • Social Management Framework

1.5 Monitoring and Evaluation And Reporting Mechanism

1.6 Grievances Redress Committee (GRC)

1.6.1 Rani Kulo Irrigation System Badghar Level ( First tier)

S.No. Name Position Contact number
1 Dambar Gharti Chairperson 9804622708
2 Binaya Chaudhari Member Secretary 9824668656
3 Bahadur Lohar Member 9812626415
4 Krishna Prasad Chaudhari Member 9849467794
5 Chhote Lal Chaudhari Member 9800683832 Rani Kulo Branch Committee Level ( Second tier)

S.No. Name Position Contact number
1 Som Bahadur Shahi Chairperson 9804622708
2 Som Prasad Chaudhari Member Secretary 9815625329
3 Bharat Bahadur Saud Member 9848433429
4 Parbati Chaudhari Member 9868799806
5 Dambar Gharti Member Rep. from Badghar Municipality ( Tikapur) Level ( Third tier)

S.No. Name Position Contact number
1 Keshari Rawal Bista Chairperson 9858490016 ( V.Chair- TM)
2 Kumar Raj Shahi Member 9851058627 ( Chair- RJKIS)
3 Lal Bir Chaudhari Member 9848613229 ( Chair-Jamara)
4 Shri Pal Chaudhari Member 9848453714 ( Chair-Rani kulo)
5 Sushila Sah Member Rep. from main Canal
6 Bimal Ram Dhewaju Member RJKIP
7 Jhapi Raj Ojha Member Secretary Rep. from Tikapur Mun.

1.6.2 Jamara Kulo Irrigation System Badghar Level ( First tier)

S.No. Name Position Contact number
1 Bir Bahadur Chaudhari Chairperson 9848402215
2 Prem Bahadur Chaudhari Member Secretary 9868770687
3 Chhedu Lal Chaudhari Member 9848520537
4 Dashrath Chaudhari Member
5 Patiram Chaudhari Member 9800601353 Jamara Kulo Branch Committee Level ( Second tier)

S.No. Name Position Contact number
1 Lal bir Chaudhari Chairperson 9848613229
2 Man Bahadur Chaudhari Member Secretary 9848562524
3 Bir Bahadur Chaudhari Member 9848402215
4 Sita Chaudhari Member 9814642528
5 Bharat Bdr Shah Member Office Secretary (Jamara)
6 Senior Sociologist (RJKIP) Member Rural Municipality ( Janaki) Level ( Third tier)

S.No. Name Position Contact number
1 Uma Mahato Chairperson 9858421120 ( V. Chair of JRM)
2 Ganga Ram Chaudhari Member Secretary Janaki Rural Municipality (JRM)
3 Rabi Lal Chaudhari Member Rep. form Kulariya BC
4 Bhakta Bahadur BK Member Rep. form Main Committee
5 Sita Devi Badaya Member Rep. form Main Committee
6 Somati Chaudhari Member Rep. From Kulariya
7 senior Sociologist (RJKIP) Member

1.6.3 Kulariya Kulo Irrigation System Jamara Kulo Branch Committee Level ( Second tier)

S.No. Name Position Contact number
1 Rang Prasad Chaudhari Chairperson 9868168623
2 Mohan Chaudhari Member Secretary 9863941970
3 Hari Prashad Chaudhari Member 9815693945
4 Ram Bahadur Chaudhari Member 9812626639
5 Sukh Lal Chaudhari Member 9815639224 Kulariya Kulo Branch Committee Level ( Second tier)

S.No. Name Position Contact number
1 Rabi Lal Chaudhari Chairperson 9865615350
2 Sohan Lal Kathriya Member Secretary 9848433128
3 Netra Prasad Jaisi Member 9858426636
4 laxmi Kumari Chaudhari Member 9865798460
5 Rang Prasad Upadhaya Member Rep. form Badghar

1.7 Governance and Accountability Action Plan (GAAP)