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Progress Report Sep + Oct

Progress Report Sep + Oct

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Home Gardening- Poly Bag
For tsunami effected people at Tangalle
Tsunami housing scheme.
Update September + October 2008.
Kindly requested your comments. Thank you.
Situation at the time we joined the project. (September 2008)
Capacity \u2013 All the actively joined families in this project had grown something in

their garden. There were about 10 families, who already consumed their own
vegetable in whole without spending money in the market for vegetable. Many others
had grown in progressive level, but at the time we involved, the crop season was over
and plants were not giving any crops. Few kinds of vegetable were well grown in
many houses that they had more than for their consumption. Mainly they were leafy

Problems \u2013 Chili and tomato had high infection rate compare with others. Egg plants

were also infected by some bugs. Excessive evaporation was commonly seen almost
in every garden. That resulted many plants withering and fewer yields. Some
vegetables that normally grow in upcountry were introduced also in other regions to
be grown. That was practically proved by the agriculture institutes. So our project has
also introduced them to grow in the village. But at this time, it did not make expected
harvest. We are making investigations in that regard.

Progress \u2013 As it was the season\u2019s end and the dry season, the look of the gardens did
not seems fresh. But the villagers were ready to start the next season and were waiting
for the rain. The enthusiasm and willingness to grow is very high at villagers.
Requests \u2013 Villagers were scared of the ongoing diseases and badly needed answers
for this question.
Comments \u2013 Some villagers have become lazy within the last period to work hard as
the sun was very hot and the weather was very dry and humid. Villagers were not well
aware of diseases and the medicaments for them.
What we did?
Research and introduction to the village \u2013 We also followed the previous records,

village map and reports before starting the research. Then it took us one week to visit
all the families in the village. Then we identified 119 actively involved families for
the project. Identified their problems and needs. Assessed their home gardens and
provided initial advises to continue the project.

Meeting - Held a meeting with the selected leaders of the village. Basically we

intended to appoint leaders for each section that divided in the prepared map. That
will help us to communicate with the villagers and to organize activities without
wasting time. It was also planed to provide basic training for the leaders that they can
also support the other villagers in need. It will also help us in many other ways. The
meeting was very successful and we had 17 leaders in different levels selected.

Evaluate the status \u2013 We had our evaluation for each family and planned for their
future needs for each. It helped us a lot to plan the future activities and projects.
Find solutions for existing problems \u2013 We were able to provide many answers for
considerable amount of questions people had at the time we started. That will be
spoken in details at problems and difficulties section in this report.
Continue the project \u2013 Then we managed to continue the project by providing new

seeds and bags for needy families. We introduced soil sterilization and mulching
system for the villagers for the first time. We also advised designing and planning the
garden for a better looking and comfort for work. We also introduced corn seeds for
each family in the project. We also introduced new techniques in compost making.
We will be after each of them to guide them for our goal.

Provided trainings \u2013 We are planning some training programs in the next reporting
period. At the moment villagers are well aware of the system. We will basically visit
them individually to provide the knowledge.
Introduced new methods of agriculture systems \u2013 Mulching and crop rotation are
the two main points we introduced at in the time.
More compose utilization \u2013 We advised how to maintain composting pit and the

systems to intensify the quality. Also made aware them the value of using
composting. Now the people are well tended to use composting. They seem
interesting to know more about composting.

Designing of the garden - Some gardens were not well kept and the poly bags and

other plants were scattered all around or confined to a corner. Some times they
exposed to direct sunlight too much or else, they were kept in shadows that did not get
enough sunlight. We were now able to design them to a better standard that helps well
growing and good looking in each garden.

Many varieties are grown \u2013 Every project family are now growing more than 8

varieties in their gardens. Some are growing up to 12 or 15. Each plant is well
designed and attended. It has also intensified the interest of the villagers toward their
gardening. So they desire spending more time in their gardens.

Practicing the crop rotation \u2013 It was boring for some families to grow same crop. It

has also helped spreading diseases and other infections. Our new introduction of crop rotation seems interested by many families and they are willing to change their crops in each circle. We are expecting good result in the future.

Practicing new methods to block evaporation \u2013 Dry grass, straw, and other waste
materials were used to block the evaporation. We have advised them the timing and
periods when and how this system should be practiced in their gardens.
Some are still disappointed as their crops were damaged by unknown diseases \u2013

Though we exaggerated about our project, we also noted some families, who are already
disappointed as they could manage crop diseases and their hardly earned crops were
destroyed. We had to talk lot to console those families to reengage them with the project.

Some are well satisfied with the project \u2013 But many families are demanding to grow
more and willing to expand their capacity. They are courageous to take any challenge and
to find solutions.
Comments \u2013 We are well satisfied with what we could do until the day. We will dedicate
our best for the benefit of the villagers.

Future plans
Improve the variation of crops
Find better solutions for diseases
Develop the harmony among the villagers
Encourage the villagers to grow in higher scales, those who are capable of that.
To hold a fair for excess vegetables, if any!

Problems and difficulties
Unavailability of members \u2013 In some families, it is very difficult to meet them at the

time we visit. Some are working out side the village and others are taking their
children to school or private classes, which has become a very competitive among the
people. As we have planned visits in regular time table, if we missed one family, we
have to take extra time to visit them in other day. That will break our schedule in
certain level.

Some crops are not well grown \u2013 Some crops that we introduced according to the

statement made by agro department, they seems not suitable for this region. But more people are more interested to grow these types, though they are commonly grown in mild climatic conditions. Though we do not promote them again, the people have many requests regarding them.

Unavailability of sufficient composting \u2013 As the growing has intensified in certain
level, the lack of composting is commonly seen in the village. As this is a new village,
it is difficult to find enough materials for composting than home wastages.
Excess raining water (Only for the monsoon) \u2013 Some days we had a problem with

less water, but now it has changed and monsoon rain has increased the level of disease spreading high. We were not well prepared for this condition as we did not expect that much rain at this time.

Villagers are asking for fertilizers like Urea - We are in a stage to decide weather
we should do that or not. If we make sure that the villagers cannot find enough
composting, we will act to do some help for the people.

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