Figure 1: The off-grid box in Eldahir, Somalia
Greetings from Puntland, Somalia!
We are incredibly appreciative of your support of the project. "Give Clean Water & Energy to 350 Somali Families". We want to share with you some exciting updates on the progress made.
In the months from March 2022 to June 2022, we completed a lot of great work and these are the key project achievements:
- Arrival the off-Grid box in Puntland, Somali together with ICARO Solar dryers and equipment of date processing Unit.
- Irrigation Infrastructures rehabilitation and construction work (wells rehabilitation; pipes laying; solar-powered drip and bubbler irrigation systems installation).
- Completion of the construction of the last small-scale dates processing units in Puntland, Somalia.
- Arrival of the second batch of Date Palm Seedlings in Puntland, Somali.
We keep on moving forward despite all the challenges, but we need your continuous support to continue the implementation of this exciting project!
Arrival the off-Grid box in Puntland, Somali together with ICARO Solar dryers and equipment of date processing Unit
The container for the shipment of the Off-Grid Box, master model of ICARO solar dryer and all necessary supplies for the Drip Irrigation System for date palm farming have finally arrived in Puntland and transferred to the pilot farm in Eldahir, Bari Region, Somali.
Thanks to the support of Off-Grid Box, the project has procured all the complimentary materials, tools, and equipment for the establishment of the pilot farm that have been procured and are ready to be installed with the Box.
The entirely powered by the Off-Grid Box solar energy system, generating zero CO2 emissions and contributing towards the improvement of the post-harvesting process of dates in Puntland.
Due to the adoption of sustainable technologies and renewable energy, the date harvest will be guaranteed even in critical conditions, in particular during periods of increased drought, because the community is experiencing water savings of about 35-40% compared to traditional methods.
Irrigation Infrastructures rehabilitation and construction work (wells rehabilitation; pipes laying; solar-powered drip and bubbler irrigation systems installation)
Between March 2022 and June 2022, the bid for procuring the civil work for phase 2 of irrigation rehabilitation and construction was carried on. The infrastructural works will start in September 2022 and briefly include:
In Rababble and Shimbirely:
- Irrigation system with bubblers for 4 date palm farmers (155 trees in total).
- Solar system with submersible pump.
- Shallow well protection works.
In Karin, Hammur and Hilkat:
- Solar system with submersible pump.
- Construction of 9 masonry water reservoirs.
- Rehabilitation of canals (900 meters).
In Jilab-Garowe and Barokhle:
- Solar system and borehole serving 470 date palm trees.
- Water distribution pipelines (300 meters).
Completion of the construction of the last small-scale dates processing units in Puntland, Somalia.
The construction of the third and last date processing unit in Meladeen commenced in March 2022 and was completed in May 2022.
The DPU will be equipped in July 2022 for the processing of dates in the upcoming harvesting season: it includes washing, sorting, drying, sealing and packaging process. The structure will be powered by electricity produced through green energy thanks to the installation of solar panels.
Two students who were attached to the FSSFS project for on-job training continued to work in the completion of the construction date processing unit in Meladeen.
The arrival of second batch of Date Palm Seedlings in Puntland, Somalia.
The second batch of 1030 culture seedlings was delivered in Karin nursery. After the inspection of the technical team, the 1030seedlings (1,010 Berhi Varieties, 15 Majhool, and 5 Khalas varieties) were transported to Jibaxo nursery where they were transplanted in larger pots before distribution to the farmers while 2970 were earlier taken to Karin nursery. The distribution of the seedlings to the farmers will be done in 6- months to enhance the adaptability to Puntland agro-ecological conditions. Further, CEFA engaged 10 casual labourers to support the transplanting of 1,030 seedlings into the pots in Jibaxo Nursery.
Please keep supporting us in seeing this project taking over and giving more sustainable access to clean water, energy, and food to Somali families!
Figure 2: complementary equipment for the DPU
Figure 3:Validation workshop of phase 2 Irrigation
Figure 4: Site handover for the construction DPU
Figure 5:External view of Meladeen DPU
Figure 6: Date palm seedlings in Jibaxo