VivaCell-MTS and FPWC continue support to community development A local system of irrigation will be built in Gnishik village
Gnishik settlement in Vayotz Dzor region has a potential for agricultural development. There are around 15-20 ha of lands adjacent to residential areas of the village, which are yet uncultivated; the fruit-bearing trees in land need care to provide an anticipated harvest. Diligence and consistency of the efforts made by the villagers are not enough and the productivity of the lands is four times less than the anticipated. The expenses made to grow the fruits exceed the incomes. The local budget alone cannot help solve the irrigation problem pertaining in the community for the water gets to the village with losses along the way. A local system of irrigation is required.
“It’s senseless to speak of the yield in Gnishik. Cultivated plants fade, the water for trees is fetched in buckets, which is both hard and useless effort, particularly in summer time. The construction of local irrigation system will solve the watering issue in two settlements – Gnishik and Mozrov. The neighboring village will benefit at its most with minimum effort. There are about 40 ha of lands for cultivation in Mozrov. The drip system will let grow fruit trees or build a vineyard,” Ara Levonyan, head of administrative territory of Gnishik and Mozrov settlements said.
FPWC and VivaCell-MTS will support the concerned community in the frame of Community Development program. Local irrigation network will be built in the shortest possible time. The benefits of the system will be tangible both in Gnishik and Mozrov. To keep the orchards the villagers are forced to use the drinking water from Mozrov, which creates additional issues for people in that village.
VivaCell-MTS and FPWC implement joint programs in Gnishik starting from 2015. In four years the partners have managed to resolve the problem of drinking water by building a complete local system to supply pot water to the community. They cooperating organizations have also built a system of LED outdoor illumination, and have solved the problem of agricultural equipment.