QALANDAR NAGAR CENTER
1.BACKGROUND: The Intervention program for Hazara Division was initiatedfrom Haripur District in July 1999. The Site selected was near Village Mung,11 Km from Haripur towards Khanpur, on the Haripur – Khanpur Road. TheSite is approximately 1.5 Km of the main and on the Mung – Kot NajibullahRoad. It consists of 65 Kanals of depleted Barani Land. It is felt that a brief review of the problems faced by the Foundation and the DevelopmentConstraints in the area will go a long way towards resolving these issues.Thus making for more, and better development.2.PROBLEMS FACED:
RESISTANCE: Repeatedly the Foundation as a Private Organizationhas had to face resistance from Local Landlords. This was especially truefor Mung. The Human Psyche is ingrained with resistance to change. Thisfactor has to be given due consideration.
SEDANTARY VERSUS PASTORAL: It has been found that Cattle,sheep and goat grazing, by settlers and refugees, is causing a lot of damage to an already fragile Eco-system. Secondly, they do not hesitateto cause damage and financial loss to the local agricultural efforts.
NON-ORGANIC SOILS: Closely linked to the above two points is theserious problem of lack of Organic Material in the soil. Soils are depletedof Nutrients due to erosion; Where no organic material is inculcated intothe soil; Where harmful substances have killed all Biota present in the soil.All curtail produce tremendously. Humic content and Friendly bacteria arepractically non-existent.
POOR WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: There exists a lot of roomfor improvement in Water Resource Management. At present the farmersare either totally dependent upon rainfall (Barani) or are employing floodirrigation.
LACK OF CROP RELATED RESEARCH: Farmers are engaged infollowing time honored cropping patterns. There is no research what so