AROMA Project

AROMA Project

Following were the major project outputs

  • Lemongrass was introduced as a new crop. Lemongrass was introduced as a successful new crop, first, the project team established the research trials then the demonstration plots were established with excellent results, the production of lemongrass was four times more than the maize. Due to excellent results, the community started its replication.
  • Mott grass was introduced as a new fodder crop. RAHBAR cultivated Mott grass in the research trials, which was successful. Then the target community cultivated Mott grass in their agriculture fields with good results. This practice was disseminated in the whole chagharzai valley by meetings and field days.
  • Improved collection tool kits were demonstrated and introduced. RAHBAR demonstrated improved collection tool kits, these were tested in the field by the target community, and some changes were made after their recommendations.
  • Collectors were trained in pre and post-harvest management of MAPs. Improper collection of MAPs was leading to sharp depletion of MAPs and less economic returns. During the project interventions, the project team trained MAPs collectors on proper collection.
  • Indigenous knowledge was documented and validated from local hakims, Indigenous knowledge was eroding with the passage of time, the project team documented the knowledge regarding the use of MAPs for the treatment of different diseases, then it was validated by the local hakims and the successful practices were disseminated through VRCs.
  • Collectors linked with different markets, MAPs collectors were linked with different markets and now they are fully aware of the market chain and they can negotiate with local and mobile buyers.
  • Off-season vegetables were introduced in kitchen gardens. The project team introduced the cultivation of off-season vegetables in kitchen gardens. Vegetables and getting higher prices.

A collective sale was introduced. The project team introduced the collective sale of MAPs in the project area.