Tunisia - Agropastoral Development and Local Initiatives Promotion Programme for the South-East - December 2008
Close-up of irrigation system at a field of the agricultural development group in El-Ferech, Tunisia.
In ElFerech, 17 km from Tataouine, the agricultural development group (GDA) - one of the local implementing partners of the project - helped to form a local farmers cooperative. The main objectives were to rehabilitate an oasis by bringing fresh water for irrigation. This water was brought in from a reservoir 26 km away in El-Khabta. The GDA has also put an emphasis on the use and preservation of local seed variations for vegetables and herbs. These vegetables are distinctive in Tunisia and well-marketable outside of the valley.
The irrigation water available from wells was too salinated (up to 7% salt) and the land was becoming more and more difficult to cultivate. This area of land is the only land that could be cultivated in an area surrounded by mountains.
The 6 member cooperative manages 380 hectares of arable soil, benefiting 144 families.
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