The Organic Village Private Limited
For the first time in Nepal, the concept of organic farming has been introduced that goes by the name of The Organic Village Private Limited. An effort of Samir Newa, who is also the Managing Director of The Organic Village Private Limited, it is a result of the inspiration he drew from his visits to some of the remote villages under a UNDP project. His search for a more sustainable approach for livelihoods based on farming in such places brought him across this concept and motivated him to focus on organic farming.
As about eighty percent of the population residing in the rural areas of Nepal are depended on agriculture for their livelihood, organic farming has given provided more sustainable way for income generation to them. The support that the geographical and climatic variations of the country provides to the conditions required for organic farming encouraged Newa to start the campaign to develop the agricultural sector of the country through organic farming.
The healthy and environmentally friendly techniques and products that are free of chemicals are promoted by The Organic Village. It was established in 2003 with the major objective of developing food awareness and healthy eating habits among the consumers.
Founded by Samir Newa along with a group of young and energetic Nepalese entrepreneurs with the main objective of promoting the organic farming, organic products and environmentally friendly handicrafts emphasizing the importance of balanced ecology, The Organic Valley works together with NGOs, INGOs and development agencies including UNDP, Micro Enterprise Development Program, Small Grants Program, GTZ (German Development) and Winrock International. Its major focus has been to preserve the natural quality of the land and soil by nullifying the use of harmful chemicals and fertilizers. Working with the direct contact and partnership with the local farmers providing them with secure markets, it also provides them with self-sustainable approach to farming and aims to promote self-employment to improve their living standard.
Serving as an information center for farmers, students and researchers, it helps them through internships and training programs to generate awareness about the benefits of organic farming and organic products. It provides technical trainings on organic farming at the village level to the farmers, housewives and other interested people and actively encourages the involvement of women in its programs.
It has various outlets located in Baluwatar, Bakundole and Kupondole along with some leading supermarkets and other local grocery stores with its main store on the west side of the road in Baluwatar, north of the Bhatbhateni Supermarket. It also has its outlets in Chitwan and Pokhara. The Agro-products features lentils, rice, beans, honey, jam and both dairy and meat products, various vegetables and fruits and items for decoration like organic fruit baskets, candles and photo albums along with beauty products like soap and shampoo of different varieties, handicrafts and essential oils. The high altitude places of Nepal like Jumla, Humla and Mustang are usually the source of the products of The Organic Village. Some of the healthy products available at the Organic Village include kalo dal (black lentil) from Rasuwa, red rice and yellow rice from Humla and special frog meat called paha.
The company has more than 350 commodities from 400 communities in 33 districts, 664 hectares of its own agricultural land, 200 hectares of grassland, 400 hectares of private forest and 3,000 hectares of community forest in 42 districts across Nepal and has been benefiting more than 4,000 families (until 2012). It also runs a numerous projects among which one is at Sankhu Palubari (Going Organic! From School to Home) aimed at educating and training children of Palubari community in sustainable organic farming with a focus at the school level so that the children grow up to be qualified farmers. Another project is the Solar Development Committee which is aimed at promoting the use of renewable energy to protect the environment and support the use of alternative energy technology. Third is the Seti Valley Integrated Organic Village which is aimed at promoting the use of renewable energy to protect the environment and support the use of alternative energy technologies. Another of its project includes the Seti Valley Integrated organic Farm started with the objective of promoting organic farming and research. This project is operated in Kaski district with the support of and NGO named Sustainable Agricultural Development Program.
It has also started to market its brand of friendly products from Nepal to eco-friendly companies in the USA, UK, Qatar and South Africa. For further information, contact:
The Organic Village Private Limited
Thirbam Sadak, Baluwatar – 5
P.O. Box: 8975 EPC 840 Kathmandu