Ginger farming is one of the main sources of cash income for those involved in its cultivation generating higher net income than any other competing crops such as maize, wheat and fresh vegetables. As of 2010, approximately 66,000 families were involved in its cultivation, covering 18,000 hectare and yielding 210,000Metric Ton (MT) of fresh ginger. More than 30,000 MT of this was exported, valued at NRs. 456 million.
In order to encourage competitiveness and exports of selected agricultural and non-agricultural commodities/services, USAID’s Nepal Economic Agriculture and Trade (NEAT) program works with the Agro-Enterprise Center and the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) to strengthen the institutional capacity of Nepal Ginger Producers and Traders Association (NGPTA).
NGPTA was formed in 2005 to promote and protect the rights of ginger producers and traders in Nepal and to build their capacity to lobby for ginger-friendly policies. NGPTA’s activities were focused in eastern Nepal, but the country’s main ginger growing area is located in the west-and-far-west regions. Therefore, many stakeholders felt the need to transform NGPTA into a national-level association to represent the entire industry. In support of this effort, USAID’s program recently organized four regional workshops on ‘Strengthening a National-Level Ginger Association’ all over Nepal in order to form a united consensus and finalize the framework for a national association and to prepare its launch.
For this post, text and photo taken from http://nepal.usaid.gov/our-work/program-area/economic-growth-education-a-food-security/402-nepal-economic-agriculture-and-trade-neat-activity.html