Monday, 22 June 2009

The YongShun Project is ready to start!

Project implementation of this great project has not yet started, but much preparation work has been done.

Activities planned for this year:
Rebuilding irrigation canal system of Yadong Reservoir
Training agriculture technicians and farmers on safety agriculture product.

An important part of this project is the joint planning of villagers, Village heads, local officials, the United Front, the County Agricultural Bureau as well as Amity (our long term partner organization in China and an NGO with long experience in HuNan Province).

In recent meetings, this year’s activities (points 1 & 2 overleaf) were the main discussion topics. In particular, they discussed how to organize physical labor input and how to solve possible dispute in the process of rebuilding. What is so good about this process, is how the discussions currently are taking place in each of the villages so that the issues at hand can be solved on a local level.

As originally planned, five training sessions will be held by the end of this year. This is not entirely uncomplicated as the training technicians and farmers are busy in certain seasons with agricultural activities and may be away during other parts of the year. The training will therefore need to suit local agricultural seasons. With a combination of flexibility, commitment to the training and communication, we will however be able to do the 5 training sessions well!

Next steps:
a) Breaking ground and starting the construction of the Yadong irrigation canal.
b) Hold the first training session.

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