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Northern integrated agricultural recovery and growth

Northern integrated agricultural recovery and growth

Full title of the project:

Northern integrated agricultural recovery and growth

Target areas:

Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts in Northern Province.

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 4 298 189
Implementation:
28/03/2011-30/09/2013
Project code:
OSRO/SRL/104/CAN
Objective:

To improve livelihoods and reduce economic vulnerability of farmers and fishers in Northern Province.

Key partners:

Department of Agriculture in Northern Province; Department of Animal Production and Health in Northern Province; Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Northern Province; and community-based organizations.

Beneficiaries reached:

18 582 returnee farming and fishing households.

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed fruit plant packages to 6 944 households and coconut seedlings to 8 259 households (2 234 of whom also received fruit plant packages), and pruned 5 000 mango trees.
  • Provided 150 grape growers and 20 nursery farmers with inputs and training to revitalize their respective production activities.
  • Distributed dairy cattle packages (781 households), stud bull packages (177 households) and goat packages (895 households), and trained beneficiaries on livestock management.
  • Constructed four fish landing centres, benefiting 750 households.
  • Stocked 14 tanks with 2 896 500 freshwater fingerlings and 370 000 freshwater prawn larvae, benefiting 2 500 fishing households.
  • Provided 60 inland fishers with canoes, 40 of whom also received nets and rope reels.
  • Distributed life jackets, offshore nets, rope reels and buoys to 340 offshore fishers, and trained 131 of them on offshore fishing techniques and safety.
  • Provided critical infrastructure and equipment to State institutions (in the agriculture, livestock and fisheries sectors) and conducted training sessions for agriculture and fisheries extension services staff.
Impact:
  • Rebuilt and strengthened the horticulture, livestock and fisheries-based livelihoods of returnee households and host communities in the three districts.
  • Assisted grape growers, nursery farmers and fruit plant and coconut seedling recipients in resuming their horticulture production.
  • Increased milk and meat production, food security and household income through the distribution of livestock packages.
  • Harvesting of distributed fish and prawns provided inland fishers with substantial income, and tool distribution allowed returnee fishers to resume livelihood activities.
  • Provided a location for fishers’ society meetings, net mending, boat engine storage, training sessions and fish bargaining through the construction of fish landing centres.