Farming in Steppe zone: Nariinteel

Nariinteel by sunset

Nariinteel by sunset

 

The next soum that we visited was Nariinteel, which is located in the Steppe zone. This means new circumstances and thus new challenges that the herding families in this place face. The whole soum exists of about 3500 people. Two of them, the extension officer and her husband, are working for more than 25 years in this soum with great enthusiasm to show the local herding families new farming techniques. Some of the things they do:

Making silage for the dairy cows

Making silage for the dairy cows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rearing and improvement of breeding Mongolian dairy cows

Rearing and improvement of breeding Mongolian dairy cows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rearing and breeding chickens (the first ones I've seen in Mongolia)

Rearing and breeding chickens (the first ones I've seen in Mongolia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They bought an old storage made in Russian times

They bought an old storage made in Russian times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

it is used for their own vegetables and rented out to other farmers

it is used for their own vegetables and rented out to other farmers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this is not all: they also started demonstrations for growing different kinds of vegetables (especially potatoes), built a greenhouse in which they grow cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers and will plant different trees around the village. During the next months they will organize trainings on processing raw milk. The project will work together with them to give funds for business plans of herding families and do practical trainings. Great to see that two people can make such a big difference!

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