Pesticide Free Rice Project Through IPM/FFS in Ezbaran Village, Caspian Region
Pesticide Free Rice Project Through IPM/FFS in Ezbaran Village, Caspian Region
Project location:Fereydounkenar Mazandaran(Lat/Long:36.690153-52.513275)
1-Expansion of IPM/FFS and production clean products to Ezbaran site based on Souteh Pilot on agro-ecosystem management through IPM/FFS and participation of Damghahdaran Cooperation (linked to the UNEP GEF SCWP after mid term review on livelihoods)

2-Marketing of the products and local quality control and some type of local certification

3-Reduction of pesticides and comparison of before and after in selected site

4-Documentation
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Cooperative of Ezbaran Damgahdaran
Country:
Iran
Area Of Work:
Chemicals
Operational Phase:
Phase 3
Grant Amount:
US$ 15,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 10,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 18,000.00
Project Number:
IRA-06-06 (73rd)
Start Date:
12/2006
End Date:
8/2009
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Notable Community Participation
Community members (local farmers of Ezbaran Village) were already gathered for UNEP Siberian Crane Project. SGP office invited them to attend in participatory project planning workshop for another SGP project (Safaroud) as guests to be introduced to participatory project planning concepts. Since they found the workshop helpful, 15 of local farmers asked SGP office to hold similar workshop in Ezbaran village to find if they can propose a project. Afterwards upon approval of their proposal for IPM/FFS project for their rice farms, all project activities including holding Farm Field Scholl training sessions, information sharing sessions (where farmers from neighboring villages sometimes participated), preparing financial and progress reports, marketing activities for IPM products were all done by local community members using the help and support of facilitators. Community members were so fascinated that made a lot of contribution to project. Here are some examples: a) Mr. Mahdi Dokht, owner of a local brick making workshop, proposed to provide electricity needed for water pump for the sample farm. b) Mr. Homayouni, a local farmer, contributed a farm of 3000 square meters to cultivate IPM rice. c) Mr. Moghadam, a local farmer, contributed a farm of 1500 meters to be cultivated in rice and duck method. d) Dr. Alizadeh, the local veterinarian, contributed by visiting farm ducks free of charge. Although the project is completed now, community members are still cooperating with each other as well as other communities working in IPM theme in other villages and developing new marketing activities together with other teams including exhibitions and markets in different cities.
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
During the project, many different training on specific issues regarding rice farms as well as general environment issues have been given in participatory workshops which were held twice in a month. Some farmers from neighboring village attended in workshops time to time. As a result of these trainings, local farmers found out about 80% of pesticides they use are effect less and were more cautious using chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Tests carried out by eligible laboratories to examine remaining of chemicals in the rice from farms, show there were no sign of chemicals used in the farms. This is the guarantee that farmers believe in this method and fully aware of its benefits.
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Grantee Contact

Mr. seyyed Rahmat Ahmadi
Phone: +98-112575-2305
 

Address

2nd Floor of Moosabe Jafar Credit Foundation, Ezbaran Village, Fereydoonkenar Township, Mazandaran Province
Fereydoonkenar ,

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Laleh Daraie
Ms. Asiyeh Rezaei
Phone:
(98-21) 2286 0691-4
Fax:
(98-21) 2286 9547
Email:

Address

UNDP, P.O. Box 15875-4557
Tehran