National Horticulture and Livestock Project (NHLP) – Integrated Agriculture Extension Service

National Horticulture and Livestock Project (NHLP) – Integrated Agriculture Extension Service

Donor: Funded by International Development Association and manage by World Bank

Duration: 16 months (started on July 11, 2010 and will end on October 31, 2011)

Budget: $2,647,818.40

Location: Roots of Peace is implementing activities of the Horticultural Component of NHLP in Takhar, Kunduz, Baghlan, Samangan, Balk, Jawzjan, Sar-e-Pul, Kabul, Parwan, Kapisa and Panjshir provinces in focus and non-focus districts. Currently is working in more than 58 districts in the mentioned provinces Status: By the end of March, 2011 nine out of 16 months (56%) of the contract has been implemented

Objective:
In the horticulture component, the program is assisting farmers to rehabilitate old orchards/vineyards and to establish new ones of almond, apricot, pomegranate, grapes, peach, plum and cherry in eleven provinces.

Components
Roots of Peace is implementing activities of the horticulture component only.

Progress/ Achievements

  • Establishment of 1,053 ha of new orchards/vineyards during the fall 2010 (705 ha) and the spring 2011 (348 ha), according to the table below. The Contract target of 850 ha was over achieved by 24%.

Area of new orchards established (ha)

  • 38.1 ha out of 42 ha (91%) of trellising system were planted in CR.
  • 91% and 40% of the farmers’ contribution collected from the Fall 2010 and the Spring 2011 planting respectively. Collection is still on process during April 2011.
  • 5,495 Groups and 51,083 farmers were trained on Orchard Management practices, from October 2,010 to March 2,011 following the orchard seasonal calendar practices.

Challenges

  • To have the saplings/cutting along with the fertilizer and the intercropping seed distributed on time for the establishment of new orchards/vineyards.
  • To have the materials needed for the training of the producer groups distributed on time and with the right quality.

Recommendations

  • Request the goods with enough lead time to considering the long approval process needed in MAIL/NHLP.