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PNG01b - Rice mill - CLTC: Partnership Reports



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REPORT DATED: OCTOBER 24, 2009 >


Report Date: March 3, 2010

2009 Update

 

Income generation
 

Recent events

Rice Production

In 2009 the rice growing training programme (RTP) at CLTC, including its offshoot projects at Sigri, Southern Highlands and Sepik, totalled 54.9 tonnes of paddy rice which was milled producing 39.7 tonnes of edible, saleable rice!  They are also expecting the CLTC RTP harvest for February 2010 alone to be about 20 tonnes of paddy rice!

 

Personal stories

It is exciting to see the impact of the rice growing programme beyond the RTP trainees but also to the community and people like Wendy.

First rice harvest
 

Wendy Dowi

Pictured to the right is CLTC student, Wendy Dowi, with her first rice harvest. Wendy has not been officially involved in the rice training programme but will be graduating from the diploma programme this year. However, she comes from Bunumwo village - a village that is close to CLTC and last year she began planning ahead to pay for this year’s school fees. She contacted our rice training supervisor, paid $1.70 for about 10 pounds of seed and planted two fields of rice. She harvested the first batch of rice in December and brought it to CLTC for milling. She then sold the rice to neighbours and earned money toward her school fees. It is great to see Wendy’s initiative and hard work as well as to see rice growing spreading in the area. When Wendy graduates in November she plans to return to her home church and work with the government/church HIV/AIDS Awareness Programme.

 

Partnership influence within the community

By empowering the people and enabling them to not only grow rice but also mill it, families, churches and communities are being strengthened.