May 2012 report from the field: 8,000 olive trees planted in the rural commune Ait Taleb
Because of its rocky, eroded terrain and its geographic situation, this is considered one of the most difficult sites for agricultural development projects.
A drip irrigation system is being installed in Aarbat village along with 3 wells — 2 in Aarbat and 1 in Aabidat. It took nearly 1.5 months to drill the wells in Aarbat (120m each). These drilled wells will ensure sufficient water to irrigate nearly 5,000 olive trees and will contribute to other projects in the future. Next, electrical specialists would have to find a way to run electricity to the water pump, but we are currently looking into a solar energy solution instead.
At Aabidat, the community members have so far planted 1000 olive trees and the rest are about to be planted. The drip irrigation system is especially difficult to install here due to the the irregular sloping and rocks covering the ground, so our technical expert will develop a special drip system to work here. This will also be greatly useful for other projects wanting to plant olive trees on similarly difficult-to-manage, damaged terrain.
May 2012 report from the field: 4 additional villages in the Ait Taleb Commune
A new project has been proposed to plant 20 hectares of olive trees to serve a population of 160 households (approximately 800 people).