Mechanization and Training Centers for Agricultural Equipment in Al-Raqqa-Phase 1

In the past, Raqqa Governorate was known to produce a large share of Syria’s important cereal crops until its agricultural productivity came to halt with severe setbacks as a result of fight for liberation the from Daesh. Currently, Raqqa’s community and its returning population remain in great need for support to restore their means of livelihood. For that reason, it was a destination of a series of SRTF’s agricultural Stabilization interventions since 2018 under its “Filling the Void” Programme. Under these interventions, the SRTF provided 14 communities with agricultural input and machinery that helped kick start a promising harvesting season in 2019 with 2.6 MT wheat/ hectare.

 

The latest of these interventions: “Mechanization and Training Centers for Agricultural Equipment in Al-Raqqa- Phase 1” will be carried out in collaboration of an NGO and comes to offer operational and management support to 7 cooperatives (COOPs) on the efficient and safe use of all the agricultural machinery supplied by the SRTF in the past few months.

 

The project’s expected duration is twelve (12) months over a two (6-month) stage as follows:

1st stage: Introduction of technical advisory services by selected contractor and establishment of centers at each cooperative location.

 

2nd stage: Implementation of planned activities and support to farmers from established centers using the agricultural equipment supplied to the COOPs by SRTF Stabilization programme.

 

To address the identified project activities within the suggested project timeline, the project will work toward the following expected deliverables:

 

  1. Assessment of locations and establishment of mechanization and training centers.
  2. Assessment of capacities and skills in communities for establishing management teams for each center.
  3. Implementation of main core of services to farmers through the established mechanization centers.
  4. Introduce administration procedures and support the COOP team for effective use and application.
  5. Management at each mechanization and training center and coordination with stakeholders.
  6. Two workshops at end of each 6-month stage to build on lessons learnt.

 

At a total budget of EUR 2.6 million, the project direct beneficiaries include:

  • At least 3.000 farmers will be positively benefit from the organized and effective planning in agricultural mechanization services provided through the mechanization centers;
  • Up to 200 trainees from project communities shall be recruited for training in the use and maintenance of the agricultural machinery;
  • COOP leaders trained in administrative and management skills.

 

The positive results achieved through the planned interventions in this project can be replicated in the 8 villages and this will extend the positive impact to more beneficiaries.

 

For further information on the project, please see:

The SRTF Management Committee Approves New Interventions in Raqqa Governorate Worth EUR 6.3 Million

 

For more information visit:

http://srtfund.org

 

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