Santa Bárbara.- Mr. John Wingle, Country Director of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in Honduras, accompanied by Tanya Young, MCC Project Assistant, and James Hallmark, Head of Project Implementation for Latin American, visited the Community Irrigation Project (Riego Comunitario in Spanish) currently being implemented by ADRA-Honduras in the Santa Barbara Department.
The visit took place on April 22, and included a tour of the plots currently being farmed; meetings with members of the “Water Administration Councils” in places where organic fertilizers (Bocashi) are being produced; and, verifications about the incorporation of vegetable material, live barriers and steep slope channels.
The Community Irrigation Project financed by the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras comprises 24 communities, and 8 municipalities located in the southern part of the Santa Barbara Department. The Project will irrigate 136 hectares of vegetable crops by utilizing 15 drip irrigation systems and will directly benefit approximately 270 families of small and medium agricultural producers.
By generating temporary jobs, the Project is expected to indirectly benefit 5,520 residents of the area.
The representatives of the implemented unit that guided the delegation of MCC were Reinaldo Cabezas, the Project Director; Oscar Alvarado, Irrigation Specialist; and Rogelio Canizales, Agricultural Coordinator.