Implementing the NTIS in the Sector of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (IN-MAPs)

Starting Date: January 2018
Ending Date: May 2018
Location: Pyuthan, Dang, Banke, Surkhet, Kailali and Kanchanpur
Donor(s): giz Nepal
Implementation Partner(s): NA

Implementing the NTIS in the sector of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (IN-MAPs) project, being implemented in six districts (Pyuthan, Dang, Banke, Surkhet, Kailali and Kanchanpur) of Nepal with technical support from the Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, has the aim to contribute to a socially balanced economic development of the poor and ultra poor inhabitants through improving production, collection, processing and marketing of MAPs. The selected districts have potential to develop new MAPs processing enterprises, and at the same time need upgrading of the existing processing enterprises through enhancing the supply of raw materials and trading of the value added MAPs products to the domestic and international markets.

ANSAB has been selected by GIZ Nepal as the national partner through a competitive process for implementing the project. In this context, ANSAB has developed this proposal with the major objective of providing technical support to the IN-MAPs project on sustainable harvesting and primary processing, such as cleaning, sorting, grading and drying; secondary processing and product development; establishing market linkages; and developing entrepreneurship of the existing and potential entrepreneurs. As indicated above, the IN-MAPs districts have some processing enterprises, such as distillation units for essential oils, chiuri oil expelling, and timur packing. There is a potential to create more economic incentives to the local communities through the promotion of export rather than supplying the MAPs in crude form to Indian markets. But this will require to upgrade the existing enterprises and create new processing and value addition enterprises with an aim to export.

Under the scope of this call, ANSAB will mainly contribute to i) build capability of the collectors on proper timing and sustainable way of collection; and ii) support existing and potential enterprises at local level, esp. on drying and storage, registration of processing units, business planning, and upgrading technologies. ANSAB will also contribute to achieve cultivation related outputs by organizing exposure visits of value chain actors as well as to stakeholders’ capacity building related outcomes by providing orientation training on NTFP policies and practices and NTFP value chain to newly elected focal persons of local bodies.