Our volunteer recently visited the project. The construction of surface water harvesting structure is going on as schedule. It will be filled with water in the coming rainy season. A 30 cubic meter structure is dug, stones are collected, and cements are bought for the structure. We hope to bring a picture of the pond filled with water at the end of the rainy season and lead to sustainable water supply. Our apples that are being watered with buried clay pots one year and 11 months. The fruit trees will be pruned very soon and additional training given to our partners. Our volunteer recently sent us one of the trees starting to give fruit at this young age. This achieved because of the support of volunteers alike. Thank you for your continued support.
Dear supporters and friends,
I visited the pilot project on January 21, 2012. January is the heart of the dry season in northern Ethiopia. Our roof water harvesting systems are getting low and our volunteers are worried. They think that unless we buy water even the efficient clay pot irrigation system might give way. The completion of the underground water harvesting system before the beginning of the rainy season in June will guarantee water for next year.
Despite the drought and increased temperature the efficiency of the clay pot irrigation system is visible. We have captured pictures of apples with flowers and small fruits. They also green in a dry and brown area. People in the village are chatting as to why the plants are not dry. That made the people very optimistic that the system works. Recently I was contacted by the county agricultural extension bureau and told me of their support for this kinds of initiatives. I plant to talk to them and share the information in my next report. Look at the attached pictures for more information.
Thank you for supporting the initiative
Tsegay from Ethiopia.
Our volunteer, A Gebru, visited the victory gardens pilot project and stated that the the rainy season was over two months ago, in September, however, the young apple trees are doing very well. The two water collection tankers were refilled due to one heavy rainfall at the beginning of November. The clay pot irrigaiton system are also saving water as expected. Our on going activity during these dry season is to complete the ground surface water harvesting system that we started in August. Now that the the pond under construction is dry, we plan continue with construction by building inside walls and water proofing it.The pond will be sealed with concrete and cement. It will also be fenced for safety. Once th eunderground water harvesting system is completed the water need of the demosntration site will be saved. We appreciate your continued support to successfully complete our goal of training the students in victory gardens. It is reported that our activities have coincided with the Ethiopian government’s aggressive support to farmers to create a household based water bank to deal with the hazard of climate change in the country.
Thank you for your continued support.
153 farmers in the village of Atebes requested the supply of 600 additional apple seedlings to plant during the rainy season of 2011. This is in addition to the initial plantation of 300 apple trees for the first time in July 2010, using the clay pot irrigation system. They were motivated by the success of last year's plantation at the demonstration site and their backyards. The training about fruit tree management that was provide to them by our volunteers in the Spring of 2011 was also very useful for the new demand. We are very happy to report that the majority of farmers requested between 2 and 5 seedlings, the quantities that they can manage both in labor and water supply. The 17 students continue to get rained as interns in the demonstration site. To provide security of water supply to the demonstration site, the project has begun the construction of a 40 cubic meter capacity underground water harvesting system (see photo). This new water harvesting system will be finalized during the coming dry season. Farmers are very happy about these posibilities to improve their knowledge and livelihood for the future.
In the name of the beneficiaries I would like to thank you for contirbuting to realize this inception and for creating hopes and possibilities in the hearts of the farmers and the students that problems that seem insurmountable can be solved.
It has been nine months since the demonstration site on the “use of clay pots for irrigation in the dry lands” began. The project planted fruit trees in a common area and distributed others to individual farmers. Recent rapid survey shows that more than 85 per cent of the fruit trees have survived the long dry season. Upcoming rains arrive for the anticipated rainy season beginning in mid-June. The rainy season will further enhance the life of our planted fruit trees.
Eighty framers and student interns participated in the training workshop that took place on May 29, 2011. The participants included 24 female and 56 men from the village. Three experts who have extensive experience in plant science, rural development and capacity building gave the workshop.
The training focused on the following issues:
During the workshop many farmers and students demanded for more apple trees to be planted during the next rainy season. Now that the trees are growing, farmers also demanded tools such as tree-cutting knives. We plan to respond positively thanks to your continued support.
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