By Croix Thompson | Caribbean & West African Regional Program Manager
The trees in full bloom and ready for out-planting
During the current reporting period, Trees for the Future in Haiti has been providing technical assistance to the farmers in anticipation of the first rains of the rainy season. There are over 10,000 trees in the nurseries that are ready to be out planted. The community nurseries contain mixed varieties of species such as:
1) Moginga Oleiferia
2) Mangifera Indica
3) Swietenya Macrophylla
4) Simauruba Glauca
The majority of the technical assistance has consisted of helping each farmer to decide what agroforestry techniques they are going to apply to their land and creating a plan for the implementation. The biggest short term goal of over 70 percent of the farmers is that they want to learn agroforestry techniques that will restore the nutrients of their soil and protect their land from erosion and landslides. Therefore, our technicians have adjusted the technical support to help the farmers reach their goals. The few of the adjusted techniques are:
1) live fencing
3) soil improvement
5) contour farming
6) hillside restoration
All of the activities are accommodated towards the farmers being ready to plant immediately upon the arrival of the first rains of the rainy season. It is estimated that the first rains will come in the beginning of April.
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