Internal staff training focused this month on soil preparation
and soil management and production, harvest and storage of
vegetable seeds in view of the autumn planting and the coming
During the last months, a file for every adviser was created
with information on agronomy, botany and pest and disease
management for the most important vege-tables cultivated in the
area. More relevant topics will be dealt with the coming weeks
The general acceptance of our extension service is good, the
staff reports that in a good number of groups more and more local
gardeners are participating in the meetings and discussions and
that the exchange of horticultural knowledge is increasing and
spread in a wider circle. This is very much appreciated and
intended by our programme, meaning to create a platform for
interested gardeners to share their knowledge and get some more
information from our programme.
New greenhouse distribution
Informing the Soviets about the new distribution of
greenhouses has begun and lists with the actual datas of
IDP-families will be collected in September.
The criteria for the new distribution have been modified, in
order to select enough interested beneficaries. It is intended
from our side to hand-out a smal
l number of greenhouses to schools and well motivated local
gardeners as well.
Each of our extensionists will have to serve 40 more
All the needed materials are purchased already and stored in
Agjabedie, and we tried to buy most of the items in the region.
Monitoring of already given greenhouses
Monitoring is going-on as usual and there is no change in the
way the families using and treating the given-out materials.
As the monitors are the responsible personnel for the
collection of the actual IDP lists from the Soviets and
afterwards for the screening and selection of the new
IDP-families, their activities in the field of pure monitoring
was reduced therefore.
Diakonie Emergency Aid had staff vacation between the 31th of
August and 11th of September. This was proposed by the staff due
to the cotton harvest, where many IDP`s are employed and it is
difficult to meet them in their homes.
One of our secretaries is attending an English-course with
British Council to improve her language skills.
In late September, five members of Diakonie Emergency Aid will
travel to Georgia to visit a Diakonie sister programme dealing
with agricultural extension.