“Our land was empty, and we wanted to plant it, to get money and to improve the environment. That’s why AKF supported us,” says Tilloev Norqul, of Sarazm-Nuri Zinfagi Village, Panjakent. Tilloev has 35 years of experience in looking after trees. A farmer, he cultivates rice and vegetables to feed his wife and seven children.
MSDSP gave Tilloev and others 1,500 seedlings to share, along with compost, fences and concrete. The trees and shrubs are native to other parts of Tajikistan and include apricots, mulberries, raspberries and pears. The recipients are observing the trees to see which are best adapted to the climate, before replanting them in their gardens and selling the fruit.