La Guacimada, Goascorán, Valle. As part of the Water Harvest Project activities, the Municipality of Aramecina has initiated actions to obtain funds from the Poverty Reduction Strategy (ERP) to buy the ultra low pressure drip irrigation system for the 32 farmers of the community of Rio Apasapo currently participating in the Project.
This initiative is included as part of the process to secure co-financing for the Water Harvest Project from other possible sources. The Project is currently financed by the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras and implemented in Southern Honduras by CHF International.
The funds from the Poverty Reduction Strategy (ERP) will be employed in purchasing part of the irrigation modules to implement the Project in this community, a requirement to comply with the counterpart to be provided by the Project beneficiaries.
The cost to install an irrigation system for half acre is of approximate US$ 1,500. The irrigation systems and the availability of water harvested in dams are enough to improve performance, diversify crops and, and increase the economic income of the farmers incorporated in the system.
To contribute to obtain the co-financing counterpart through ERP funding, Ms. Karina Bulnes, an ERP official, gave a presentation to explain the procedures to be followed in order to apply.
This agreement between local authorities and Rio Apasapo beneficiaries is an unprecedented one in Aramecina and in Southern Honduras, and demonstrates the degree of commitment both parties have to make this initiative become a reality.