Program C: Agriculture and Off Farm Employment
- Redrafting and finalizing of Coca Cola proposal for funding of crop residue recycling project.
- Recycling agricultural residues in both Deshna and Farshout districts is progressing and 39 labourers were hired to recycle 102.4 tons of residues producing 68 tons of silage, 8.4 tons of non-traditional feed and 112 of compost.
- Since its inception (Production started May 2014), the project recycled 310.9 tons of residues producing 254 tons of silage, 33.4 tons of non-traditional feed and 160 tons of compost.
- 93 farmers were trained in recycling of agricultural residues during the reporting period. Total number of trained persons in recycling reached 421 persons since the beginning of the activity (exceeding the target of 60 persons)
- As a sign for sustainability, the CDA in Deshna has launched an advertisement campaign for recycling agricultural residues in local newspapers to increase business and benefit to small farmers.
- Construction work for establishing the integrated fish farms has started in 2 locations, namely, Al Ghaba and Shiekh Essa.
- Offers for procuring remaining equipment for the 2 integrated fish farms were initiated.
- All units of milk processing operate with favourable managerial conditions during Q4 2014. All operating milk processing units are realizing net profits and gradually increasing the production capacity, as planned.
- Follow up and monitoring of milk collection and processing at the household level in collaboration with the participating Local Community Development Associations (CDA) in 10 locations is continuing, as planned.
- Follow up and monitoring of the poultry raising activities continued in Qous and Negada districts. The egg production has started since late August 2014.
- Total number of produced eggs during Q4 2014 reached 23,889 eggs in the 2 locations (12,630 eggs Awsat Qamola +11,259 eggs Jazerat Motera) with an average of 597 eggs per household during the reporting period. Since the beginning of the project in the 2 locations, the total number of egg produced reached 36,569 eggs with an average egg production of 914 eggs/household.
- Each local Community Development Associations (CDA) procured a Hatchery Unit from their own resources to contribute to hatching eggs (for distribution of chicks to new poor beneficiary households). First experimental patch of one-day-old-chicks was hatched in Motera by the end of September 2014. Also, the CDAs started the process of procuring feed ingredients and selling mixed feed to the beneficiaries. The features of the planned collaborative system started to be clear on ground.
- 61 Extension Specialists were trained on "Medicinal and Aromatic Crops", and "Post-Harvest Technology through 2 specialized workshops.
- 2 livestock Development Caravans were carried out in Halfaia and Olayqat About 100 head of animals were treated (serving 100 small farmers) and advices were provided for increasing milk production.
- As a sign of sustainability, the Directorate of Agriculture has requested the approval of the Ministry to implement 8 Farmers Field Schools in 2015 as part of the Directorate's work plan for the first time. The Ministry has agreed (through an official letter) to include the requested 8 FFS in 2015 budget and will be implemented by the Directorate using the modality introduced by ENID.
- A Public Awareness Workshop – "Open Day" was implemented to promote roof gardening in Qena. The workshop was attended by 46 persons (including 8 females). Follow up training for 17 participants (who expressed interest and desire to adopt the idea) will be implemented in 2015.
- The Roof Gardening awareness workshop was recorded by "Teba TV Chanel" and was televised on 21/11/2014 at 6:30 pm on a Programme called "Moraseloon".
- As an example of ENID impact on policies and decision making, HE the Governor has visited the ENID Roof Garden Site in the Agricultural Research Department on 18/12/2014. HE the Governor has directed the Under Secretary of Agriculture in Qena and the Senior staff of the Governorate to include the roof gardening among the priority small projects to be submitted to the Cabinet for support.
- 324 persons were trained during the reporting period Q4-2014 (93 recycling; 161 farmers and extension specialists through field schools; 46 roof gardening; and 24 milk processing). The number trained during 2014 reached 1006 persons (392 recycling; 366 FFS; 54 poultry; 46 large milk units; 62 small milk units; and 86 roof gardens)
- At least 65 employment opportunities were generated during the reporting period.
- The employment opportunity generated during 2014 reached 222 (131 recycling; 10 dairy plants at district level; 32 dairy plants at household level; 5 roof gardening; and 44 poultry raising).
CHALLENGES / LESSONS LEARNED
- Set-up of integrated fish farm will continue in 2 locations.
- Set-up of integrated fish farm in 3rd location (Dandara) will be initiated during Q1 2015, as planned.
- Training within FFS, poultry raising, fish farms, milk processing at household and roof gardens expansion/ adoption programme (Open Days) will continue, as planned.
- Operating and monitoring all small units of milk processing in collaboration with CDAs will continue, as planned.
Team Leader: Dr. Dyaa Abdou