In 2006, HasNa awarded a small grant to Servet Abrak, a participant in HasNa’s water resource management training in 2002, to demonstrate to other farmers in his village how to grow plums. Fruit grows particularly well in the Sanliurfa province, yet many farmers are still wary of straying from traditional crops such as wheat, barley, cotton and corn even in spite of their low yield and low profit.
This is largely due to insufficient technical knowledge of fruit cultivation. Mr. Abrak’s aim was therefore to teach fifteen farmers in his village how to prepare, plant, and prune plum saplings and how to properly irrigate and fertilize the trees. Through a hands-on learning technique, many farmers were able to plant their own plum orchards and successfully market their fruit to the local community. Though the project was only funded for one year, Mr. Abrak continued to plan group meetings with the farmers to follow-up on their progress.