It was during our Rural Enterprise program at Sindhupalchowk district, when we got to observe both business prospects and beautiful geographical landscapes of Manekharka village. Chilauni Higher Secondary School with support of ChildReach was manufacturing sanitary pads in the school itself and selling it to the community. The idea was to promote the concept of school enterprise. However, they were failing to make profit and make sustainable business. Therefore, our team of five MBA students had been assigned the task to find the problems (be it in manufacturing, operations, marketing or distribution) and recommend the solutions. Apart from that we were asked to explore the business potential in the region. Even though I am vegetarian (or rather say eggetarian), I particularly took the role to write on animal husbandry and fishing. I hope that this article will help people looking to explore business opportunities within Nepal.
Area around Manekharka, Sindhupalchowk is similar to any other typical villages of our country. Since most of the localites here are Tamang or Lama, self-raised local hens or chicken are quite common here. Some houses raise their own cattle such as goat, buffaloes. Besides, people here are very fond of fishes and are ready to pay as much as Rs. 2200 per kg due to limited supply. Business prospects in the sector of animal husbandry and fishing in the area around Manekharka, Sindhupalchowk is discussed below:
Wether Goat meat
Wether Goat’s meat (खसीको मासु) is quite demanded in the locality. However, not everyone raises it. Therefore, despite the want, there is limited supply of goat meat in the area, leading to limited consumption. This can open up room for business on meat of wether goat.
There is pretty high demand of fish in Manekharka and region around. There are even few commercially established ponds in Raithane near Manekharka to raise big sized fishes. People here can buy the fish from the pond or do the fishing themselves. People are willing to pay as much as Rs. 2200 per kg for fishes raised here. However, size and supply of these ponds are limited.
Apart from it, people generally depend on fishes from Indrawati River down the hill, which is around 1 and half hour walk away. The fishes found in the river are relatively smaller in size. People are willing to pay around Rs. 800 per kg for freshly netted fishes. If the fishes have been caught using the trap overnight, the price can slightly fall down due to the staleness of fish which affects the taste.
However, people’s fondness for fish in the region shows a good prospect for fish business. This can particularly be done by creating larger pond in the region and raising varieties of large and small sized fishes as per demand. Also, the high purchasing capacity of localities can make it a good business prospect.
During our stay in Manekharka, we could realize that fresh milk of buffalo or cow wasn’t readily available like in other villages. Not all of the family had cattle in their house. This could be due to lack of manpower in their houses as lot of youths and male members have gone for foreign labor. Since many of the tourists and visitors do come to this place, milk can have good demand. Therefore, establishing a commercial milk farm could be another good business opportunity in the region.
This is quite unheard of before and quite interesting as well, something we accidently encountered. Paa Frog is quite rare and found in the reason and believed to possess energy larger than that provided by meat of chicken. Localites believe that meat of Paa Frog provides energy 10 times larger than that of chicken. Therefore, people are ready to pay as much as Rs. 200 for a single frog which weighs way less than a kilo. Since these Paa Frogs are rare, they can be commercially raised by breeding them in large numbers. These Paa Frogs can not only be sold in the region but also exported to other Tamang/Lama communities. Moreover, market can be explored or created beyond these communities given that their meat is really of high value.
He is currently a full time MBA student in Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM). Having completed his bachelors in civil engineering, he is now pursuing specialization in Finance. In the process, he has bagged some failed startups as well.