General Organization expenses are to pay for Plow Operators, to buy oxen, to repair Plows, to pay for veterinary care and to buy pastures.
A contingency fund will resolve problems that may arise in the operation of plows such as replacing oxen and Veterinary Care for sick animals.
RESULTS OF Ox Plowing Project
• Lambi provides a total of 6 full-service plows to serve organizations in the southern department. They rotate usage of the plows.
• Plowing services still exist in the Organization, even if it is doing poorly.
• 135 members of the Organization received the plowing service.
• 68 planters in the community received plowing services.
• Organizations have around 49,986 goudes in their treasury.
• There are 18 members of 4 Organizations who get to earn some money plowing.
IMPACT OF THE PROJECT ON THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE ORGANIZATION AND THE POPULATION.
- More land to work in communities where there are plows
- More people are interested in investing in agricultural activities
- The plows allow those who benefit from the service to respect the planting period
- Plowing service allows agricultural yields in irrigated areas
- Growers cultivate their soil faster and easier when pasture
- Some farmers in the community who benefit from plowing services want to become members of the Organization
- Organizations are becoming stronger due to the many activities planned for their projects, many meetings are also held
Project Activity Monitoring: The Lambi staff completed 2 follow-up visits to each of the organizations during the first year of the project to track the progress of project activities. The Southern Department's Monitor makes 2 monthly follow-up visits to the project. These visits allow the staff to discuss with the Organization the activities that have taken place - what is needed - the planning of future activities. These visits also allow Lambi, through its Staff and Southern Regional Monitors, to look at the issues they are facing, think about the issues and help the Organization find solutions to them. In addition, the Port au Prince staff meets monthly with the Regional Monitor at the office to discuss further project progress and make suggestions and recommendations as needed.
• Plows are out of work due to the very short rainy season this year
• In irrigated areas, planters lose fields due to drought in several areas
• Organizations are struggling to feed oxen properly
• Organizations lack pasture to feed the oxen
• A little difficulty in providing care to the oxen especially when they are sick
• Much of the money that goes into plowing project goes to buying pastures
CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Although the country has a lot of problems in agriculture, organizations are trying to provide services at all times. This is why most members of the Organization believe that their presence in the Organization is a great thing for them. They also think that if the rain were to fall properly, they would have the capacity to plow a lot of ground.
While it was difficult, the recipient organizations recognized the importance of such an activity within a community. The plow project allowed life to return to the associations, with many returning to work after the calamity of Hurricane Matthew. Lambi is asking members to make more contributions to the Organization so that they can have multiple pieces of land for setting up pastures to better feed the oxen and to prevent animals from getting sick.