Shweta Adhikari and Shreena Pradhan

Agriculture and Forestry University, Chitwan

Agriculture in Nepal has for so long been dependent on rainfall. A drought year brings along
famine with it while a deluge year brings along diseases and destructions of crops. Either way,
rain-fed farming isn’t a safe bet for a country as under-nourished and food-insecure as ours.

Considering these conditions, a permanent solution of providing the plant optimum water is a
must. Plants can be well watered not only through irrigation but by protecting them from further
loss. Mulching has been mentioned in the video as a method not to provide water, but to save it
from the soil. And rain water harvesting has been mentioned as a solution to uneven distribution
during drought period.

Drip irrigation, whose information hasn’t made it into the short video is a new technique taking
the rural part of Nepal by storm recently. It provides right amount of water to the right part and
at the right time. This not only ensures water prevention but also effective use of limited water.

Another method mentioned in gist in the video is the using of sewage processed water in agricultural
fields. This ensures minerals are recycled back into the nature.

We made this video for an assignment from an organization we volunteered for. Looking back, we’ve
realized a lot of things we didn’t know a year ago. And irrigation scenario isn’t all we’re lacking on.
It’s about video making, using of the internet, using social media and fully expose to ICT. Back then, we
weren’t as adept not only in sharing knowledge but also acquiring it. We didn’t realize what a vast
platform the internet is.

One more realization we had was that the only way to learn is by initiating first. Making mistakes
and lacking coordination is the best initiator of learning. We now know what vast opportunities are
open ahead of us for leaning and exposing. We’re glad to have done this mediocre first attempt for
we’re now more flexible to changes and more accepting of new challenges.