Project and Training Manager Abderrahim Ouarghidi reports:
The remaining 8,000 olive trees in the Aarbat and Aabidat villages project (Ben Guerir) will soon be transplanted to their permanent homes.
Digging of the trenches (in which to install the drip watering system) has just been completed. As explained in an earlier report, this is particularly difficult work in such rocky, steep terrain. Wherever possible, a truck was brought in to dig, but wherever it was too steep to operate the truck, the villagers came out en masse to dig the rocky terrain manually.
The painstaking digging has finally been completed, and as of last week, the trenches and 4 irrigation wells had been completely dug, as had the holes, which are now ready to receive the 8,000 transplanted trees after the drip system has been installed.
Once the materials arrive, the drip system will be installed in the trenches, at long last delivering water to the holes. In the meantime, the olive trees will continue to be cared for in their temporary homes until after the drip irrigation system has been completely installed, at which time they will be transplanted into the newly dug holes (their permanent homes) in the rocky terrain.