NEWS News Archive2008-07-21
Hayastan All Armenian Fund Provides Agricultural Machinery to Tavush Regions Border Villages
As part of the ongoing effort to reach out to the border villages of Armenia and Artsakh, Hayastan All Armenian Fund is pleased to announce the successful completion of yet another initiative. The project saw the provision of a combine harvester and two tractors to six border communities in Tavush region, courtesy of the Funds East Coast Affiliate.As part of the ongoing effort to reach out to the border villages of Armenia and Artsakh, Hayastan All Armenian Fund is pleased to announce the successful completion of yet another initiative. The project saw the provision of a combine harvester and two tractors to six border communities in Tavush region, courtesy of the Funds East Coast Affiliate.
Little Suzy is curios about the giant machine
The machinery will serve the needs of the communities of Aknaghbyur, Azatamut, Ditavan, Lusahovit, Lusadzor and Khashtarak and will be a welcome and much needed relief for the local farmers who, with the lack of adequate machinery, were mostly restricted to manual labor for the cultivation of their land. An energy and time consuming process, the prevalent reliance on the manual labor decreased the productivity of the land, while also increasing the market price of the end product.
The agricultural machinery will be co owned and jointly managed by the community administrations of the six beneficiary communities, who will together plan the cultivation and harvesting schedule, making sure that the machinery adequately addresses the specific needs of all the villages. When finished with the arable land in the six beneficiary communities, the machinery will also be used to help farmers from the neighboring communities.
A key aspect of this initiative is its long term sustainability. To tackle this issue, Hayastan All Armenian Fund will perform continuous monitoring of the project, to ensure efficient administration of the machinery and to help the communities solve the problems that may arise in the early stages of the project. The income generated by the enterprise will cover the maintenance of the machinery and all other associated costs. The project will also see the creation of a special bank account, where part of the income will be accumulated to ensure the renewal and the long term enlargement of the machinery park.
The new combine harvester ready to go out to the field
We are very thankful to Hayastan All Armenian Fund for this initiative, says the mayor of Ditavan village Seyran Sargsyan. The lack of agricultural machinery was one of the biggest problems for the farmers in our small communities. Today, thanks to the Fund, this problem is solved.
The arrival of the machinery in the border villages coincided with the peak of the cultivation season and it immediately found its use in the field.
This project is an integral part of Hayastan All Armenian Funds overall development strategy that, along with addressing infrastructure issues, also aims at alleviating the economic situation in the beneficiary communities, says Ara Vardanyan, the acting executive director of the Fund. Our policy here is to help people help themselves.
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