YEREVAN. – The current project of the organization “ONEArmenia” is designed to raise money for bordering houses in Berkaber, located in the Tavush Region of northeastern Armenia, director of the organization “ONEArmenia” David Bequette told Armenian News – NEWS.am.
“The project includes the building of greenhouses, the training of how to use those greenhouses, the seeds, as well as budget training on how to keep and maintain greenhouses”, he said.
According to David Bequette, currently the village itself is unable to use its own farmland because the latter is on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
“Their farm field is a mine field. Berkaber is also bordered by the snipers, the villagers can’t use their own farmland, so by providing greenhouses we are able to bring sustainability to the families so they can grow products all-year-long and don’t have to worry about the dangers of growing their farm builds”, he emphasized, adding that there are 500 villagers in Berkaber and four greenhouses along with the current three greenhouses are designed to support the entire village.
As regards the financing, David Bequette noted the project is financed from corresponding “Indiegogo” in Armenia.
“It’s a corresponding project where donors from all over the world can fund the project. The funds are distributed from the United States to “SAHMAN” NGO to support the campaign”, he said.
On August 7, “ONEArmenia” launched its fourth campaign to help build sustainable greenhouses for over 500 residents in the border village of Berkaber, located in the Tavush Region of northeastern Armenia.
For the past 20 years, the farmers in Berkaber have not been able to farm because their land, located on the other side of the village’s reservoir, is under the occupation of Azerbaijani forces. Thankfully, there is a solution. With the partnership of “Sahman” NGO, “ONEArmenia” will build four greenhouses in the backyards of four homes in Berkaber, creating not only a regular source of food but also a pathway to steady income for each family, as produce can be sold and traded at market rates for three seasons out of the year. Each greenhouse will measure 100 square meters and can yield up to 50 kilograms of produce per day. The produce grown inside the greenhouses is all-organic, and water is dispersed throughout the structure using an eco-friendly drip system.
According to Sahman NGO, this type of farming is new to Berkaber. However, a team of agriculturists will visit the village regularly to train farmers on how to maintain and expand their greenhouses. Once built, the greenhouses will consistently produce organically-grown fruits and vegetables that the farmers can then sell to neighboring villages and as part of a co-op at the bazaar in nearby Idjevan.
The campaign is due to last until August 31.
You can donate for the project with this link.