1. Greenhouse Distribution Program
The first step in the greenhouse distribution program has been finalised in Agcabedi
and Beylagan. In total 214 families in Agcabedie and 574 families in Beylagan received a
greenhouse and gardening materials. The pre-selection of beneficiaries in the region of
Imishli is bound to be complete. At present 197 families have been identified. A remaining
40 will be identified in due time.
Concurrently, individual monitoring of the new beneficiaries in Agcabedi was completed
but continues in Beylagan. Of the new beneficiaries about 85% have constructed already
their greenhouse, added the plactic sheeting (60%), completed soil preparation (100%) and
Monitoring of the old beneficiaries (800 families) started. First results show that not
all greenhouse users are planning to employ the greenhouse during the upcoming winter
season. Reason for the hesitation are numerous and need to indentified.
2. Greenhouse Agricultural Extension Program
The agricultural extension component continued in Agcabedi. In November, a total of
1300 gardeners have been reached by the female extension staff. In total 39 villages in 13
settlements are regularly visited. About 70% of the clients are female, about 90% are
IDPs, and about 80% received a greenhouse from Diakonie. The extension tools used were
individual extension talks, group meetings and discussions, as well as demonstrations.
Major topics addressed were soil preparation, soil fertility management (compost),
ventilation, pest control. The extension staff prepared extension material (a cropping
calendar) on the correct use of 7 vegetables. The basic source of information were
experienced gardeners. This material will be pretested in the field. Finally, the
extension co-ordinator started preparing an extension manual for extension staff. The
parts on extension tools and the brief technical description on the vegetables and the
correct use of a greenhouse are completed and translated in Azeri. After pre-testing the
cropping calendar this will be included.
3. Community Development Program
Diakonie continued the preparation of the transfer of their pump material to users
communities. The users of the community are requested to nominate a water committee to
whom the ownership of Diakonie material will be transfered.
- Dr. John Lamers conducted a training the trainers course on business planning for
private agricultural enterprises in Georgia.
- Diakonie Emergency Aid representatives have assited to various meetings in the regions
as well as in Baku.