Sharing experiences with fellow producers
The Feeding Families Project is proud to be contributing to agricultural development in Grand Boulage and surrounding areas. In collaboration with Friends of Haiti (FOH) and other groups, progress is being made in the nursery and small animal projects.
Below are some excerpts from recent reports from Nursery Manager Jean Rony Dorelus:
- 2,400 bags have been filled and 1,040 seedlings have been distributed and planted in the ground
- 1,360 seedlings are in growth and will be distributed, including: 500 Avocado trees, 300 Casse trees, 200 Sede trees, 300 Orange tree and 10 Almond trees
540 trees are planted: 120 Avocado trees, 80 Casse trees, 70 Sed trees, and 64 Mango trees
15 families have vegetables gardens at their homes, and some are doing quite well. Others are facing challenges, particularly the insects that are destroying the plants. We are seeking solutions to this pest problem. Training sessions have been held for families with gardens focused mainly on the production and protection of the seedlings. Vegetable seeds that we would like in the future include cabbage, carrots, beets, spinach, tomatoes, beans, lettuce, and Parsley.
Small Animal Production
In the area of small animals, training has been provided to goat producers in the community. FOH has started a new program modeled after 4 H that focuses on school children and teaches them how to properly raise animals and gives them a pregnant goat.
The rabbit activities continue and each new rabbitry that is build seems to be an improvement over the next. The community wants additional rabbit production units to be started for other successful producers. The next step for the rabbit producers is to develop a better marketing plan that will further encourage production, co-operation and an income source.
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Collecting local planting materials
Visit to successful rabbitry in Grand Boulage