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monday 23 november 2015

The irrigation system of Khe Vang is restored!

The irrigation system of Khe Vang is restored!

The project “A new irrigation system for the rice fields” has come to its conclusion!

The works to build the new lake's barrier and the irrigation system of Khe Vang was completed during the summer. The system is now in function and can serve two villages of An Lac: Dong Khao and Thac.
The pipes reach ten distribution points from which the water fills the rice fields. This system has allowed the population to farm the rice twice a year and on a wider surface, which has led to more abundant harvests, both in July and in November 2015.

diga  canale 

Furthermore, during the month of June June the training course on farming techniques took place, targeting the population of Thac and Dong Khao.

Mrs Lap with Francesca

Many person were interested in the training course, and from the 25 in program we've reached 35 participants!
Of all the topics discussed by Mr. Kien, the trainer, a strong focus was put on pigs breeding and disease control, a subject which interested particularly the trainees, since it's one of the main economic activities of the area. The participants also expressed their wish to participate in more training courses in the future.

In August, the staff of GTV visited some of the farmers involved in the project in the village of Thac.
The first participant we meet is Mrs. Nguyen Thi Lap, who manages her land with the help of her husband and two sons.
The typhoon of November 2013 was especially bad for the family of ms. Lap, who found itself with a destroyed house and devastated fields, right during the harvest period. In fact, of the five sao (a field of 360 m2 of size) owned, only two survived the fury of the storm and could still be farmed.
With only half of the crop available, the family of Mrs. Lap managed to sustain itself through the work of cutting plants of keo (acacia) that their son was occasionally able to find. During 2014, the rice harvest was possible only once, in spring, whereas in November the family of Lap had no actual harvest. The family also owns a field, planted with corn, which unfortunately has a very low productivity. Behind the house there is a small stable, but the pigs often get sick.
Finally, since last Autumn, Mrs. Lap can again farm all five fields of rice. And thanks to the training course on cultivation and breeding techniques, now the diseases of her pigs can be controlled!

Mrs So

Moving further north we meet Mrs. Nguyen Thi So.
With her husband and four children, Mrs. So is the only woman of the family "and that's why I have so many white hair" she says laughing.
After the typhoon the family has been able to continue their rice cultivation in only four of the six sao they owned. In order to help and support the family, the two oldest children went to work collecting acacia and her husband, a beekeeper, has increased the production of honey to sell. But, overall, he didn't manage to sell all the honey he produced.

Unfortunately, the heavy rains that hit the north of Vietnam in August this year have completely destroyed one of sao of the family; for this reason it was possible to seed only five sao in August.

The family of Mrs. So has some animals, chickens and pigs, and now Ms. Lap, thanks to the training course, has managed to assist the delivery of the piglets single-handedly, a nice savings!

A field of Mrs So

The biggest concerns that we detected among the farmers was the maintenance of the irrigation system, "if there is a problem, it should be dealt with immediately" stressed Ms. Lap. The Management Committee of the irrigation system was set up after the conclusion of the system and on October 22nd a training course was carried out for all of its members; the course was held by the company which built the water system and covered the procedures for the ordinary maintanance and small reparations of the system.

In addition to the technical knowledge, GTV also decide to provide some technical tools to the Committee so that it can act quickly to repair damages to the system.

The repair of the irrigation system has allowed families to return to use their land fully. Thanks to the training we have seen an improvement in the techniques used in the cultivation and breeding, and this has allowed a better management of farming and animal raising.

The work done till now leads us closer to achieving food security not only in An Lac, but also the development of the territory itself.