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Planting of 300 trees and a workshop on care of the seedlings for the residents of Kukhi village

From 22 – 23 April 2023, the team of the Little Earth implemented two events within the “Renewable Energy and Remote Mountain Communities” project: a workshop on planting and caring for seedlings and planting 300 trees in the mountainous Kukhi village, Voru region - the central part of Tajikistan.

Within the framework of the project, a workshop on planting and caring for tree seedlings was conducted. The target group of the project is 20 representatives of the local community, half of whom are women. To provide the participants with professional expertise, the Little Earth has involved the local agronomist with extensive experience in the corresponding field.

During the two-day workshop, local residents got acquainted with practical methods that will help them greening the village and maintain the planted trees. Particularly, they learned how to choose endemic seedlings, the right site for planting, prepare the soil for tree planting, water and prune young trees, and how to protect seedlings from diseases and pesticides, and many more.

All the acquired knowledge and skills were tested in practice. The Little Earth purchased and handed over the necessary equipment including the seedlings, garden tools, and other materials. The head of the village allocated a small plot of land for the practical part of the seminar. The participants of the workshop showed great interest in the topic, actively asked questions, and shared their own experiences and "secrets" of planting and caring for seedlings.

The day after the workshop, the project beneficiaries and other villagers planted 300 seedlings of mixed tree species (60% fruit and 40% non-fruit). Trees for planting were chosen taking into account their natural areas, adaptability, as well as the climate and conditions of the village. All seedlings were purchased from the local tree nursery of the local Forestry Department.

Each of the project participants received 15 seedlings to plant including willows, poplars, different varieties of apples, pears, quince, apricots, and plums. Trees were planted on the plots of the villagers, near the river banks, and partly on the communal lands. Each seedling was organically fertilized and temporarily covered with a net to protect it from livestock. The invited specialist monitored the planting process and provided the necessary guidance.

The project "Renewable Energy and Remote Mountain Communities" is implemented by the public youth environmental organization Little Earth with the support of the US Forest Service.

Timur Idrisov, Anisa Abibullaeva, The Little Earth
Photo: planted seedlings, Kukhi villange