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 Report - Agro Information Center (DEA)

 Report date: 29.02.2000

AIM
Agro Information Center
(Agricultural Extension and Information Center of Azerbaijan)
Diakonie Nr. KF-041/98-ASE

Fazil Djafarov and Yegana Guliyeva

Supported by
Evangelische Zentralstelle fur Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (EZE), Bonn, Germany
Diakonie Emergency Aid (DEA), Stuttgart, Germany
Dienste im Ubersee (DU), Leinfelden, Germany

1. Results from the reporting period

1.1 Improvement of knowledge and skills of IDPs and local farmers on agricultural activities

Field Extension Programme continued its activities during the month of March. Main discussion topics concerned seasonal field work, soil preparations, spring irrigation and its usefulness, seedlings, wheat, feeding, irrigation, weeding, low yield in wheat, diseases and their prevention, seed selection, planting of cotton, potato and cabbage for seed production, planting (feeding), poisoning food against mollcrikets, rotation system and its usefulness.

The following details explain activities:

 

Clients %

Clients %

Clients %

Total:

 

women

men

refugees

local

beneficiaries

non beneficiaries

 

Total:

47

53

75

25

65

35

662

1.1.1 Extension and group development of gardeners

Group discussions of the appropriate topics have been followed. The groups are getting more initiative for being self-sustainable. Keeping the work ongoing in the garden and at the same time working at the wide fields has become the majority of their activity. The meetings between IDPs and local farmers have been organized with the help of AIM field staff. The numerous problems in the local planting areas and their solution alternatives were discussed in the meetings. Resulting from the discussions about faced problems, such as low potato yield, water problem, salty soils etc. the informative and extension trainings were conducted in several small groups. Regularly the team members observe the field work of each others for the necessary development.

1.1.2 Vocational training and village based extension activities

The training preparations have been organized and 3 days training for the 25 village extension workers was held between 28.02-01.03.2000. The improvement training for the selected village extension workers after the training in February, was scheduled for two days in March. After the training the temporary employment contracts were concluded between the extension agents and AIM for 2 months of probation period. The detailed job descriptions were explained to the extension agents.

1.2 NGO development (AIM news)

The documentation work with the Social protection fund, employment fund and tax department has nearly finished. The necessary documents on the Grant law according to the law of Azerbaijan Republic were collected from the concerned departments.

1.3 Co-operation with regional and national authorities and with national and international NGOs

AIM has very closed contact with the local authorities and also with the international NGOs, such as UMCOR, GTZ.

1.4 Project planning and management

One of our colleagues Ms. Yegana Guliyeva attended to the training about NGO Management which was held in ISAR (NGOs support center) for 4 weeks.

1.4.1 Office and storage in Agjabedi

The small pieces of plastic sheetings were sold in the total amount of $ 50 USD.

1.4.2 Local staff

The news during the reporting period were the followings:

20 village extension workers from Agjabedy and 7 from Beylagan have been employed for the 2 months of probation period as a village extension worker.

1.5 Budget

See: Ms. Marga’s financial reports

1.6 Miscellaneous

The report of the last month was translated and distributed to the Executive Committees of Agjabedy and Beylagan, Cabinet of Ministers and the headquarter of Diakonie in Germany.

2. Planning for the upcoming reporting period

2.1 Improvement of knowledge and skills of IDPs and local farmers on agricultural activities

To continue the work according to the planned workplans

2.1.1 Extension and group development of gardeners

To increase the number of informative trainings in the groups

2.1.2 Vocational training and village based extension activities

To exchange and share ideas and experience with the colleagues.

2.2 NGO development

To have contact with NGO Forum.

2.3 Co-operation with regional and national authorities and with national and international NGOs

To meet responsible person at the Ministry of Agriculture concerning to the agricultural trainings

2.4 Project planning and project-management

To plan attendance to the Accounting course for the good book-keeping

2.4.1 Office and storage in Agjabedi

Repainting of the kitchen in Agjabedy office

2.4.2 Local staff

Nothing has been changed

2.5 Budget

See: Ms. Marga’s financial reports

2.6 Miscellaneous

Nothing special



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