One Village One Product (OVOP) program has been initiated in Baglung district.
Baglung Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) launched the program in the district with the objective to promote handmade paper factories, develop craftsmanship and market the products in national and international market.
Local entrepreneurs, who were about to close their handmade paper factory due to lack of market for their products and shortage of skilled workers, are excited the launch of the program.
“We are encouraged with the launch of one village, one product program in the district. Now we are interested to operate our factory in full swing,” Khadga Singh Gharti, who was mulling over closing his factory before the program was launched, told Republica. “Though handmade paper factories are in a serious crisis, the launch of one village, one program has made us optimistic.”
BCCI, with the support of the Ministry of Agricultural Development and the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FNCCI), initiated the one village, one product program in Baglung to promote and market traditional handmade paper products.
“We will provide necessary training to the entrepreneurs of Tarakhola and Lekhani Village Development Committees (VDCs) in the first phase. The training will cover areas like processing of Lokta, producing paper products and coloring them, among others,” Hari Sharma Harish, program officer of BCCI, said, adding that the local entrepreneurs would also be trained on maintaining quality of products, coloring paper without using chemicals and make natural color using local raw materials.
The OVOP Program has also initiated plantation of Lokta plants to revive the handmade paper factories in Lekhani, Tarakhola and Taman VDC which are on the verge of closure due to lack of Lokta.
Basant Kumar Shrestha, president of BCCI, said they would set up a nursery to produce Lokta saplings.
There are handmade paper factories in Lekhani, Tarakhola, Taman and Ranasingkiteni VDCs. Taman VDC alone has around 30 factories.
“We have to go to neighboring VDCs like Ramuwa and Bungadobhan of Pandavkhani to collect Loktas. If we could plant Lokta in our own VDC, it would be easies for us to run the factory,” Bhesh Bhadur Gharti of Taman-2 said.
FNCCI had started OVOP program in 2006. It has selected Ilam and Makwanpur for Kiwi farming, Kavre for dairy products, Taplejung for black cardamom, Gorkha for agri-tourism, Sunsari for turmeric, Parbat for Lapsi, Dhankuta for goat farming, Nawalparasi for onion farming, and Khotang and Mahottari for potato farming, among others.