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Models to follow in rural economy | Agriculture – EU-LEADER Flagship Initiatives Fund, 2020

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10 September 2021
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Agriculture has an important role in the Republic of Moldova, taking into account that a third of the population activates in this sector. The proper integration of new technology in the field of agriculture is a new trend, which has a lot of advantages for this sector. We encourage you to discover Alexandru Casap’s story, one of our local partners that received non-reimbursable funding from the EU-LEADER Flagship Initiatives Fund, 2020 edition, to buy a drone specific for agriculture activities. Small and medium producers that use new technology for responsible agriculture, that work with care for the soil and the quality of the products, should be supported. It is important to ensure the fertilization of the soil in order to protect that valuable natural resources our country has to offer.

“Before, the drone was an option in a peasant household, now it is a direct competitor to the traditional technology”, Alexandru Casap, the director of the company Cabosal LTD, says. Happy with the way his business evolves, Alexandru invited us to see his drones in action, the way they sprinkle and disperse fertilizer, collect the vegetation indices of the agricultural land, informing us about the way he integrates new technology in the agriculture of the Republic of Moldova.

Innovative solutions in the agriculture sector 

He always thought that it is important to bring innovations in our country and the launched Cabosal LTD company meant the possibility to develop and integrate the IT field in the agriculture of the Republic of Moldova. Implementation of solutions with advanced technology in the field of agriculture in Republic of Moldova is at its incipient stage. The development of this process will bring a better productivity, efficacity, and quality of the harvest. “We aim to implement new technologies that we still don’t have in the Republic of Moldova. Not all the people would venture out. I always preferred new technologies, innovations. At the beginning it was hard, because no one did it before. It took one year and a half of hard work to see the first results”, Alexandru tells about the beginning of his business. 

Alexandru Casap managed to lunch his business two years ago, and later he was among the twelve entrepreneurs from rural area which received non-reimbursable funding from the EU-LEADER Flagship Initiatives Fund, 2020 edition, financed by the European Union and Polish Aid. The company had more trials to access grants, because the equipment which they needed is an expensive one. Even if they were rejected not only once, this fact did not prevent them from following their dreams “I applied for many financing projects, but everyone was sceptical of funding this equipment. After, I applied for the EU-LEADER Flagship Initiatives Fund in 2020, and the amount of non-reimbursable funding which the company received was 221 thousand lei. I was surprised when the Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova team accepted this interesting project, with a bright future in the Republic of Moldova”, he mentioned. 

The positive economical impact 

Even from the first days when the company announced on social media the services it can provide – of spraying and vegetation indices collection for agricultural land with the help of drones, Cabosal LTD received approximately eight requests. “Farmers understood that due to collecting vegetation indices, they can detect if there is any problem on the field and fix it right away, in order not to lose crops. This year we started providing our services in the middle of the season, but it was a year in which we faced many challenges. We managed to gather experience and customers for the next year”,Alexandru says. Moreover Cabosal LTD already has four service providers to whom they sell drones. Because one of the biggest impediments in the field of IT in the agriculture of Republic of Moldova is lack of knowledge and abilities of farmers to use these technologies, the company provides all customers with trainings on how to use of the technique. 

To be sure that the equipment is used correctly, the company is near the client for seven days after the training. This way, if they have any troubles using the equipment, they can be guided instantly. Farmers that did not decided to buy this kind of equipment can always use Cabosal LTD services, which are much cheaper than the traditional technique. “Usually, with the traditional technique, an enormous amount of water was needed, from 300 to 500 liters of water per hectare. With the drone we use approximately from five liters to 20 liters per hectare, being an advantage of saving water, also having a much lower production cost. Thus, we intend to bring organic agriculture as close as possible to the citizens”, explains the director of Cabosal LTD. Thanks to new technologies, farmers in the Republic of Moldova can save up to 90% less water and 10-15% less active substance, which is a major advantage over traditional technology.

The drone can perform various operations, providing users with improved stability and flight safety through high-precision autonomous operation and omnidirectional digital radar. The omnidirectional digital radar allows the drone to recreate the environment, allowing it to know where the obstacles are and avoid them autonomously. Moreover, the drone can carry up to 20 litres of liquid into the tank. “The spray drone has a spray width of seven meters. The flight height is from 1.5 meters to 3 meters, and depending on the active substance used, we use from five litres of water to 20 litres of water per hectare. The operability of using such a drone is about from one acre to two in ten minutes of flight. In one day, the drone operator can process from 70 to 100 hectares”, Alexandru said.

Future plans

The Cabosal LTD director wants to bring further more and more advanced techniques to the field of agriculture of the Republic of Moldova. Even if at first he was not sure how the company would evolve and how receptive farmers would be to use such a technique as drones, he noticed that, along the way, more and more specialists in the field appreciated their effectiveness. “When we made the SWOT analysis, we detected some risksand the scepticism of the farmers from the Republic of Moldova regarding the new technology were among thev, as well as the detailed lack regarding the dosages to be used on different crops. Lately, two producers of the active substance have introduced the dosages, using the drone, and I was pleasantly surprised by this fact”, Alexandru said.

Compania SRL Cabosal LTD ordered a drone that does 3D cartography. With its help, they will spray the vines and orchards. For starters, the company plans to do testing, to establish water dosages for one hectare of orchard and vines, but the director hopes to be able to provide these as soon as possible. “We already have a lot of demands from farmers who produce grapes and those who have orchards. I urge all entrepreneurs, if you like something innovative and you want to implement those things in the Republic of Moldova, don’t be afraid, as you will get beautiful results”, Alexandru mentions.

The project is implemented within the EU—LEADER Flagship Initiatives Fund 2020, of the “LEADER approach for rural prosperity in Moldova” project, financed by the European Union and Polish Aid, managed by Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova and National LEADER Network in the Republic of Moldova. Strategic partner — the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry.

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Models to follow in rural economy | Dairy industry — EU-LEADER Flagship Initiatives Fund, 2020

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19 August 2021
Visits: 58

Approximately 91% of the total number of dairy cattle are maintained in households and only 9% from these are raised on commercial farms. The data are reflected in the National Programme for Dairy Development for 2019-2025 and show that, at the moment, small farmers who produce in household conditions are the ones who actually ensure dairy production in the Republic of Moldova. The number of the small farmers is decreasing continuously.

Because of the aging population in rural areas, the number of animals held in households are drastically decreasing and, respectively, the amount of milk which is produced is also decreasing. If in 2010 the dairy production was more than 576,4 thousand tons, in 2019 – 308,3 thousand tons, which means with 48% less.

Thus, an obvious fact in the dairy industry is that no one else than small milk producers are the fundamental element that must be supported and developed in this field..
Chiriac family is the perfect example of small dairy producers who due to their enthusiasm, hard work, and ambition of being competitive, managed to become a success story that can inspire many other farmers from this sector.

The cheese laboratory will be the heart of our business and from the heart – we are moving forward”, the Chiriac family says about the small-scale dairy dairy producing â, which received non-reimbursable funding from the EU-LEADER Flagship Initiatives Fund, 2020 edition. Thanks to this support, offered by EU and Polish Aid, the dairy industry from rural areas has a new development perspective.

From a hobby, to an actual business, thanks to the LAG support

Eudochia and Piotr Chiriac launched the small-scale dairy farm three years ago, in the village of Cealic, where they built a family, raised their children, and started to promote opportunities for rural development by their own example. “At the beginning it was a hobby”, Piotr confessed. “I was working abroad and Eudochia was taking care of the house and our children. Our family received a cow as a gift and this is how it started.” After they bought more cows and had milk for a lot of products, Piotr stopped going abroad. He liked to take care of the animals and Eudochia was experimenting with dairy products and was sharing them with the family and friends.  “When they were telling that it was so tasty, we thought to continue experimenting”, she said.

That is how they started having loyal customers for their business. They had a range of various products – butter, traditional cheese, soft cheese, then they experimented with hard cheese. However, for the amount of orders they received there was not enough products. “This is how we called for assistance form the ‘Bugeac Kilim’ LAG for our first project, where small entrepreneurs from rural areas received enormous support”, Piotr added, mentioning that this happened three years ago. Thanks to this, the family bought a self-feeding system, six kilowatt electric generator for balancing electricity when it was missing, and equipment for processing folder-plants.

A pilot initiative, funded for a prosperous future

At the EU-LEADER Flagship Initiatives Fund, 2020 edition, the small-scale dairy farm of Chiriac family manifested itself with a project to acquire a set of efficient and useful technique for their business. From the amount of MDL 267.000, Eudochia and Piotr bought cheese press, milk cooling tank, and a cheese cave with a necessary regime – 85% humidity, with rigorous temperature control, and from their own contribution – tables and space in a form of a new type of a container. “When I wrote the first project, I had only seven dairy cattle, but last year I already had 20. That’s how we solved the problem of where to process the quantities of milk we obtained”, Piotr mentioned. This is the story of the new cheese lab, spacious and cool for creating exceptional products already known in the South of Republic of Moldova, and wanted in other areas of the country. “In this lab we produce five, six cheese wheels per week”, Piotr added, mentioning that three years ago there were only two, three per month.

The greater amount of funding from the EU-LEADER Flagship Initiatives Fund, 2020 edition, contributed to the progress of the local entrepreneurship. Small budgets are very useful, but after a while we understood that we needed more”, Piotr said. Even if the financial support in the program was generous, Chiriac family filed an application form, by indicating the exact necessities identified at that moment and the amount of money they needed then.

The future of the cheese laboratory

Eudochia is passionately talking about the lab as the heart of their business, mentioned that thanks to this project, small entrepreneurs as her family, can reach new goals. “Thanks to the Flagship Initiatives Fund, we implemented a project of producing the milk, but now we think about a new project of preserving the cheese longer, increasing the process of its ripening”, Piotr mentioned. Chiriac family is planning to have a cheese tasting room for all the interested people to visit the South of the Republic of Moldova that want to return home with different dairy products that are made with love -anyone who wants to, will taste from the variety of the created cheeses, including from Eudochia’s own recipes, and will participate at workshops to create their own cheese.

When I am in the process of preparing the cheese, sometimes I sing, talk to it, as it would be my child”, tells Eudochia, enthusiastic about the process. “It is full of live bacteria and it matures for a long time”, she added, telling that a lot of other manufacturers that she knows, are acting as a parent to their products – you have to give love, a part of your soul, your mood. “There are also manufacturers that are listening to jazz in the process. We also listen some music, sometimes we dance”, she said.

When you have support, it means that people believe in you

In the village of Cealic, part of the “Bugeak Kilim” LAG and ATU Gagauzia, there were implemented a lot of social and entrepreneurial projects through initiatives that support rural development: “In every village, if someone implements a project with the help of other initiatives and people apply for them, everything else will work as self-advertising.

Piotr mentioned that small entrepreneurs are like small enterprises and need support. “Small entrepreneurs struggle a lot when developing – they do not have enough financial support, nor enough experience”, he mentioned, by adding that all these programs stimulate a good star for them: “If the financial support from the LAG did not exist three years ago, we would have not started our business. What we have today,  – the equipment we have got and the ideas we develop, – is thanks to that support.” Piotr mentioned that this kind of initiatives for small farms in every field – apiculture, agriculture, diary, is a big step. “Moreover, we have an ecological product, that is made from a natural product”, he said. From his point of view, this kind of projects inspire people: “This is a plus for our country, less people will migrate abroad – they will stay home and work here. From my experience I can say that yes, every project is like a breath of fresh air for the farmers and after that they are unstoppable.

Little by little, we  also inspire our children”, Eudochia mentioned. “It feels nice when your child observes you when you’re working and says that he also wants to do that when he grows up. You understand that the family business will continue to develop”, she added.

Even if at the beginning they were sceptical, the Chiriac family says that with their own example they proved that financial help functions in the favour of the small farmer: “We do get financial help, but also pieces of advice for every step of the process of implementation, how to use in a correct way this financial aid, to be able to get, in the end, the best result.” Chiriac family shares their experience every time when they have the opportunity, by showing that they did it all thanks to the support and faith they had, and now the cheese lab has all the necessary equipment and some other big plans for the future. “It takes the desire and ideas to start doing something, but also someone to believe in you”, Piotr mentioned. “It is important to write correctly what you desire and the success is assured.

Our advice is not to be afraid, and also to participate at this project, because it will be a good support for every business”, Eudochia says. Piotr also added that from his point of view, all funds need to continue their mission, they do not need to stop, because thanks to these, things are changing and also everyone can do everything they like and be unique in their field. “And maybe this is how the country will bloom. This is the most important. And we will bloom with our dreams and you support”, Eudochia finally confessed

The project is implemented within the EU—LEADER Flagship Initiatives Fund 2020, of the “LEADER approach for rural prosperity in Moldova” project, financed by the European Union and Polish Aid, managed by Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova and National LEADER Network in the Republic of Moldova. Strategic partner — the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment.

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Petru Rusu, “Valea Cuboltei” LAG: People should enjoy clean water, and that’s what I work for

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27 November 2020
Visits: 152

The times are changing, the technologies are advancing and professions that were once essential, today are one the verge of disappearing. In Hasnasenii Mari village from Drochia district, the well sinker profession is still popular, and a great well sinker, such as Petru Rusu, is always requested to work on different local fountain projects, especially since he has modern equipment, that will ease his job.

Painter by profession, Petru Rusu has embraced the craft of well sinker more than 15 years ago and has managed to clean hundreds of wells. “I’ve worked in the theatre, at the House of Culture, and now, I am helping people to enjoy the clean water. After abundant rains, there’s a lot of silt gathering and then I have a lot of work to do. I like working and it doesn’t matter the place”, he says.

The season of cleaning the wells is usually opened at the beginning of the spring and ends late in the fall. The well sinker says that the new accessories are very useful, as they improve the quality of the carried on works and will allow Mr. Rusu to diversify the work services. “Thanks to the support of ‘Valea Cuboltei’ LAG, I refine my skills. Until now, I was working with my old utensils and I did not have the possibility to buy a video camera and a drill press”, Petru Rusu mentions.

The camera is descended in the well, and thanks to the computer work, the well sinker sees what is happening in this structure, if there’s any strange object. “In the past years, I was managing to clean up to ten wells per season, but this device might increase people’s interest, as I have all the necessary equipment for a high-quality operation”, Mr. Rusu points out.

The project “The Development of the wells’ structure cleaning business through the modernisation of the equipment”, implemented by Petru rusu from Hasnasenii Mari village, Drochia district, was implemented within the USAID LEADER Activity project, co-financed by the United States Agency for International Development – USAID, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, cooperation programme for development – Polish aid, and implemented by Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova.

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Grosu Family, “Hora Ciulucului” LAG: “One’s soul gets happier when realizing that you can do something at home”

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27 November 2020
Visits: 136

Exploring the rural potential is one of the chosen development priorities of many Local Action Groups in the Republic of Moldova.

This is why, our team decided to tell you about a touristic initiative of the “Hora Ciulucului” LAG – “Casa din Vale”, that was co-financed within the “USAID LEADER project” to decorate and enhance the yard of their rural house with colorful yet necessary items, that will delight the souls of those that are in love with nature and good food.

“Back in 2018, we decided to open our family’s rural house”, Andrei Grosu tells us, the “Casa din Vale” owner. “Taking into consideration that we have many tourists, my wife and I had the idea to decorate the pension’s space with a garden house and a swing, so that both the adults and the children could spend their time in a nice, calm atmosphere.”

The rural house is in the heart of the Chiscareni village, Singerei district, and it can host up to four people – there are two rooms by two places. “When we opened it, we didn’t have many guests, but, slowly, the world started finding out about us. Now, we’re on Booking.com. We hope to have more tourists, especially since our country is among the off-the-beaten-path travel destinations in Europe”, Mr. Grosu said.

The Grosu family developed a business in their home country, as they know they can offer high-quality services in great conditions, promote the traditional dishes and local historical places that deserve to be visited. “We have the Casso hill with the boyar’s cave – he left so many old and beautiful things that have been recently renovated.”

“I told myself that I needed to come back home”, Mr. Grosu mentions while telling us about his working experience abroad. “I couldn’t see how my child is growing up or how my family is developing. And, you know, one’s soul gets happier when realizing that you can do something at home. Before the rural house, we were developing a beekeeping business. We then opened the house and I could stay closer to my family”, he adds.

“I think we all need a lot of courage to overcome our personal fears, and projects like these give an impulse to move further – the co-financing and the personal contribution is a perfect combination to create something beautiful in Moldova, so we could attract more and more international guests to visit our picturesque places and, with their support, to stay home.”

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Galina Mihai, “Bastina Gospodarului” LAG: You have to be fearless in writing projects and implementing them

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27 November 2020
Visits: 114

In the middle of November, we’ve embarked on a trip to the commune of Cucuruzeni – we have so many interesting projects in the “Bastina Gospodarului” LAG, so our team decided to go there and talk to the locals about the achieved results.

One of the projects is “Confort la Biblioteca” (in En: “Comfort in the library”). A priority for the LAG is the Sports, culture and recreational services development, and Galina Mihai, a librarian in the village, managed to create the necessary comfort for all the visitors of the Cucuruzeni Library.

“This institution was founded in 1974. Its windows and door haven’t been changed for quite a while – we’ve heated the place with the help of the fireplace, but it was useless, as it was cold no matter what”, Mrs. Mihai tells us. “We’ve knocked on many doors, searching for financial support for the partial renovation of the library and we’re thankful that we’ve found it in the LAG, as we’ve changed what we needed and we’re feeling warm”.

Mrs. Galina has been working as a librarian for eight years. “This is the cultural-educational centre of the area, and we’ve been collaborating with the gymnasium, House of Culture, the health centre – in short, with everyone”, she says. The library also has volunteers. “At the moment, we have 514 library subscribers, and almost 140 of them are the school’s pupils, and the rest – the locals of Cucuruzeni. The library is used under diverse aspects – as a place to find a variety of books, including the ones on the village’s  history, and as a place with a free access to the worldwide web, as the institution, within another national project, acquired new computers and internet service”, Mrs. Mihai adds.

Our team had the chance to get to know a few pupils from the local school, and some of the artists, that enchanted us with beautiful songs about their village under the accordion rhythms. We’ve heard some stories and some fables.

“My advice to those that want to make a change – make it and be fearless in writing projects and implementing them. It’s important to write simple, yet sincere projects, so everyone understands the needs of the community”, Mrs. Galina urges.

The “Comfort in the library”, implemented by the Cucuruzeni Library, Orhei district, was implemented within the USAID LEADER Activity project, co-finance by the United States Agency for International Development – USAID, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, programme for development cooperation – Polish aid and implemented by Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova.

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Alexandru Dascal, “Valea Cuboltei” LAG: To come back home was a right decision to take

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7 April 2020
Visits: 120

Practicing agriculture in protected areas is a more and more attractive business idea for many farmers in the Republic of Moldova. This is the story of Alexandru Dascal from Lazo village, Drochia region, whom, together with his parents, developed a cultivation activity of vegetables in a greenhouse, and now, makes happy a lot of consumers with eco veggies.

In order to ease his job, the farmer managed to mechanize his soil processing work with a Hinomoto N200/20CP mini-tractor. “The majority of the soil processing tasks are manually made, since we don’t have that much workforce in the village. This is why we decided to acquire powerful equipment. We have a manual plough, but we lost a lot of time“, Alexandru tells.

The Dascal family grows various veggie cultures – cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and sweet peppers, – and they are commercialized as wholesale products in Chisinau. “We manage to harvest produce twice a year in order to cover our expenses. And the investment of the mini-tractor will be redeemed in five years“, he mentions.

Alexandru worked a few years in Russia, then came back home and decided to invest in agriculture. “It’s better to be home, even if it’s much harder. I decided to live in the countryside, next to my parents, and the fact that people try to make a change, create LAGs, makes me think that I’ve taken the right decision.

The project “The Modernisation of the technical-material basis to cultivate vegetables in a protected space”, implemented by Alexandru Dascal from Lazo village, Drochia region, was implemented within the USAID LEADER Activity project, co-financed by the United States Agency for International Development – USAID, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, cooperation programme for development – Polish aid, and implemented by Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova.

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Ciuciuieni Mayoralty, “Hora Ciulucului” LAG: “There’s life and motion in villages”

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23 March 2020
Visits: 96

The inhabitants of the Ciuciuieni village, Singerei district, have a new reason to celebrate – there’s a new, modern recreational area for children and their parents, that want to rest in a peaceful and active atmosphere.

Determined to make the necessary changes in her village, Mrs. Mayor of Ciuciuieni and the president of the “Hora Ciulucului” LAG, Violeta Vitu, stated that every year, during the summer holidays, many people from all around the world, come back to the village. “We’ve noticed that especially children didn’t have any specific activities or games. There’s life and motion in the villages — this is a fortunate thing and gives me an impulse to continue my work. We decided to start with the park’s improvement, and then we will develop the touristic potential of the region.

In order to design the play area, we’ve acquired recreational equipment — a seesaw, a swing-set, a merry-go-round, a drawing board and a play set. We have carefully chosen the company that was going to deliver us the equipment, because we wanted to put the accent on the quality, eco-friendly materials and the type of wood used in the construction of the play-set, these being the decisive arguments”, Mrs. Vitu tells us.

Mrs. Mayor says that the works that follow will be about the pavement and the installation of a protection fence, the placement of waste bins and of the rest benches, so that the time the kids spend in the Ciuciuieni park is fun and secure.

According to Violeta Vitu, the play area will have an educational goal, because there will be organized many open-air event for the kindergarten and for the primary school. Another reason why she opted to improve the play area in Ciuciuieni is the psychoemotional development of the children. “There are children with different needs, some like football, checks, drawing, there are other shy kids, and those that integrate themselves easier easier in the activities.

The “Improvement of the play area in Ciuciuieni village” project, implemented by Ciuciuieni mayoralty, Singerei district, was implemented within the USAID LEADER Activity project, co-financed by the United States Agency for International Development – USAID, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, cooperation programme for development – Polish Aid, and implemented by Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova.

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Father Leonid, “Bastina Gospodarului” LAG: “It’s proved that both here and in other areas the LAGs are efficient”

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10 December 2019
Visits: 71

Printre multitudinea de proiecte de dezvoltare rurală, se numără și cel al pavării curții bisericii din satul Cucuruzeni. Proiectul, căruia îi dedicăm acest articol, face parte din prioritatea Dezvoltarea sportului, culturii și serviciilor de agrement din GAL „Baștina Gospodarului”.

„Biserica este un monument de arhitectură, un edificiu vechi de peste 160 de ani. Acum un an, când am început să frecventez ședințele GAL, speram să obținem suport în restaurarea bisericii, care tocmai din 1989 nu a beneficiat de nici un serviciu de renovare”, povestește părintele Leonid Sîrghi, preot în satul Cucuruzeni.

Dumnealui spune că, la început, echipa lui era mai sceptică. „Dar ne-a reușit să ne încadrăm în proiect și am pavat 180 de metri pătrați din ogradă, care sperăm că vor ține mulți ani înainte. Comunitatea locală este încântată de aceste schimbări frumoase”, adaugă părintele.

Potrivit dumnealui, mai întâi a fost prevăzută o anumită sumă drept contribuție proprie, dar aceasta acoperea cheltuielile doar pentru o jumătate din întreaga ogradă. „La susținerea comunității locale și adunării parohiale, ne-am mobilizat ca să ducem până la capăt pavarea curții. Astfel, contribuția proprie a depășit de câteva ori suma proiectului, dar ajutorul din partea GAL-ului a fost absolut binevenit”, a menționat Părintele Leonid.

Comunitatea satului Cucuruzeni este numeroasă, majoritatea creștini de orice vârstă și din orice domeniu, care vin să susțină renovarea edificiului, pentru că e istoria satului. „Acesta este locul sfânt unde lumea se adună, se reculege, se reîncarcă cu energie. Astfel, lumea a văzut că este posibil și a căpătat încredere în ajutorul altor fonduri.”

Pe viitor, comunitatea bisericească planifică să pună bazele unei cantine sociale pentru vârstnici și unui atelier de croitorie. „Poate cu aceste planuri ne va reuși să unim oamenii. Sperăm să realizăm mai multe proiecte sociale pentru comunitate”, adaugă Părintele Leonid.

„Trebuie de îndrăznit. Trebuie de mers cu încredere înainte. Totul se realizează cu muncă, răbdare și cerințe respectate. Deja e de ceva timp demonstrat că și aici, și în alte părți, GAL-urile sunt eficiente”, punctează Părintele Leonid.

Proiectul „Pavarea ogrăzii bisericii”, implementat de către Biserica Cucuruzeni, r-l Orhei, a fost realizat în cadrul proiectului Activități USAID LEADER, co-finanțat de Agenția SUA pentru dezvoltare internațională – USAID, programul polonez pentru dezvoltare al Ministerului Afacerilor Externe al Republicii Polone – Polish aid, și implementat de Solidarity Fund PL în Moldova.

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The Malaiesti Gymnasium has celebrated the acquisition of new sports inventory that will develop new generations of champions

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16 July 2019
Visits: 86

October welcomed many new initiatives, implemented within the LEADER approach in the Republic of Moldova. On October 11th, we’ve visited one of the initiatives, where, in the Gymnasium of Malaiesti, Orhei district, within the USAID LEADER Activity project, there was celebrated the acquisition of new sports inventory by the institution with 170 sports items.

This initiative was carried on by the “Baștina Gospodarului” Local Action Group, which is one of the LAGs, created in the spring of 2019, after a long process of meetings, discussions, identifying local resources that would be valued in the context of the chosen priorities, among which the sports development, as well as of culture and leisure services in the microregion has a high place.

I love sports since I was a child and, only after I got a job as a professor, I started noticing the gaps we had when working under the established school program”, Vasile Bajan tells, a physical education professor and the project responsible. “The inventory was insufficient and of a very low quality. Consequently, we were aiming for the results we couldn’t achieve”. By implementing this project, the gymnasium got several types of sports inventory – for football, basketball, volley, rugby, badminton, tennis and other, as well as some training items to go through school normative sessions. This inventory will help at building the pupils’ sports spirit and might even create future national and international champions.

Actually, Malaiesti village already has two big names in the sports area of Republic of Moldova – Vitalie Bunici, with wonderful results at the fighting championships, and Oxana Bunici, the captain of the Rugby National Team. The latter promised to join the gymnasium’s kids in a few rugby instruction sessions.

I see the pupils’ desire to use this inventory during the physical education lessons”, Mr. Bajan mentions during the project’s celebration ceremony. “We didn’t have the chance to practice good-quality sports, including the time I started teaching physical education. We wanted great results, but had no inventory to support the pupils with. But now, thanks to the LAG, that offered us big opportunities, we decided to find a solution for this topic. With this sports set, we will assure a very good material basis. You, the children involved in sports activities, can obtain easier the desired results”, the teacher added.

Burlacu Natalia, the gymnasium’s director, mentioned that the village’s community won many projects thanks to the great number to the assiduous, purposeful an creative youth. “I want to thank every person involved in the project – this set will contribute to the formation and development of specific abilities, promotion of the sports culture, of a healthy lifestyle and of our institution’s image during various sports competitions.

We want to hear about Malaiesti champions and don’t forget to cheer your teachers with your successes”, Ina Negruta, the “Bastina Gospodarului” LAG manager mentioned, telling the younger generations a bit more on the Local Action Group’s function, while the Malaiesti mayor, Ilie Virtosu, greeted the village for the greatest number of initiatives that were accepted during the LAG call.

Xenia Marcov, program coordinator, mentioned that Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova, along with its partners from USAID Moldova and Polish aid, are involved in a bigger project, aimed at local development. “We’re happy to see so many enthusiasts involved in this process, with different backgrounds and ideas, discussing the future of their localities and succeeding at implementing together wonderful projects – no one else can do it better that the locals. This is our credo – the local development decisions should belong to the locals.

The Acquisition of sports inventory for the sports area”, implemented by the Malaiesti Gymnasium, Orhei district, was implemented within the USAID LEADER Activity project, co-finance by the United States Agency for International Development – USAID, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, programme for development cooperation – Polish aid and implemented by Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova.

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Vasile Porubin, LAG “Plaiul Codrilor”: We aim to produce high quality honey

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12 July 2019
Visits: 94

A new day brings us again to Dolna village, as we visit the beehive workshop organized in the framework of a project, which is supposed to modernize these houses of bees. “My name is Vasile Porubin and I live here, in Dolna. I have more than 30 years of experience in the beekeeping domain”, tells us one of Sergiu Agafita’s project colleagues. Mr. Agafita is the leader of a small beekeepers community of five villages in the “Plaiul Codrilor” microregion.

“Sergiu, the owner of this workshop, has come with the idea of modernizing the main elements in local beekeeping. Thus, more beekeepers from different villages were invited to collaborate fruitfully”, says Vasile. The beekeepers come from Dolna, Stejareni, Micleuseni, contouring a great collective that puts a lot of effort in its work.

“There are good visible results. We used to work before with classical horizontal hives. But the partial financing from the project has supported a lot our mission to meet the requirements of European standards, and we’ve managed to build vertical hives with two splits”, tells us Vasile. Even if those are technical details, the effort put during these few weeks is seen in those 50 hives given to each beekeeper involved in the project.

The workshop is filled with a fresh woody scent and striking sounds of assembling instruments. “The beehives are already put into work – the locals have already seen the project in its process of implementation. And since there is winter, we have created a split in the hives and let the bees to accommodate themselves in this new place, as they will have to work a lot this next spring”, mentions Mr. Porubin.

According to the project, one of the main aims is to produce high quality honey in big batches. “Usually, we have acacia and linden honey, but with these modern beehives, we could produce pastoral, sunflower, lavender and rapeseed honey. Our region, unfortunately, does not have a huge area of such plants, but we will try to benefit from Kodry. Of course, we would like to promote our products on the international market”, says Vasile.

Mr. Agafita team advises the specialists and enthusiasts to prepare many more ambitious projects in order to develop such an useful economic branch, as beekeeping.

This article is from “Success Stories” series, regarding the LEADER rural edition, Small Projects Fund 2018, implement by Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova. Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova supports the creation and the activity of Local Action Groups in Republic of Moldova, based on the LEADER approach. The project “Modernization of 5 beehives in the LAG microregion ‘Plaiul Codrilor’” is implemented in the framework of LEADER rural edition of Small Project Funds 2018 (with the support of Polish aid) and supported by the “Plaiul Codrilor” LAG.

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Mihai Chitaica, “Serpentina Nistrului” LAG: I managed to train the children to achieve high performances

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12 July 2019
Visits: 90

Here’s a new history about a project destined to develop a healthy community and, we believe, to accustom children to a healthy lifestyle. We’re talking about the project “Safe tourism and sports activities” of the “Serpetina Nistrului” Local Action Group, whose direct beneficiary is Mihai Chitaica, from Varnita village, Anenii-Noi district, while the non-direct ones are the children of his kayak-canoe club, a nautical sports activity, practiced on small lightweight boats. “I’m the club’s trainer, where this specific sports is practiced“, says Mr. Chitaica.

The club opened during the second half of 2016 and it hosts, since then, kayak-canoe lessons for children and adolescents from Varnita village. “In the framework of the LEADER approach, we’ve received partial financing to buy a special engine for the trainer’s boat. Some of the children are 9 – 10 years old and during the practice periods, it’s highly necessary for me, as the trainer, to be nearby and to supervise them”, tells us Mihai. He also mentioned that the club’s teenagers are quite experienced – they’re visiting the club since May 2018, they have balanced the movements on water and are really good on leading the boats. “If the weather is windy, the kids need special instructions and increased supervision. We have sports boats, that require special balancing.“

The trainer says that there are many people who want to practice kayak-canoe, but the clubs doesn’t have such extended capacities. “We’d like, of course, to have more modern boats, as well as more teachers – unfortunately, I am the only trainer and my efforts are not sufficient for supervising more children groups“, says Mr. Chitaica.

The young people trained by Mr. Chitaica have already taken part in many competitions in Balti, Varnita, Chisinau. “Yes, we do have water sports life vests, that can hold persons weighing up to 80 kg. But the kids have been trained with special swimming exercises on long distance and they have developed their abilities in this particular sports area”, says proudly the trainer. “It took me just a few months to train them to achieve such high performances.“

Even if it was quite windy outside, the children seemed to be very dedicated to the time spent practicing their favorite sports. The efforts of Mr. Chitaica helped them acquire very good skills, that will help them walk against any wind they will face.

This article is from “Success Stories” series, regarding the LEADER rural edition, Small Projects Fund 2018, implemented by Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova. Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova supports the creation and the activity of Local Action Groups in Republic of Moldova, based on the LEADER approach. The project Safe tourism and sports activities in the LAG microregion ”Serpentina Nistrului” is implemented in the framework of LEADER rural edition of Small Project Funds 2018 (with the support of Polish aid) and supported by the “Plaiul Codrilor” LAG.

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Necula Family, “Plaiul Codrilor” LAG: Our business will create new job opportunities

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12 July 2019
Visits: 109

We’ve visited the Necula family on a warm autumn morning. This colourful season could fill your lungs with its fresh perfume. Now, all the trips to the Moldovan villages are more enjoyable, as every landscape is eye-catching and every leaf falls poetically.

After an hour spent in the car, drinking a cold tea bought before in a shop from Chișinău, we headed to the outskirts of Dolna village, Strășeni district. We planned on visiting Vasile and Valentina Necula, beneficiaries of the Small Projects Fund (SPF), implemented by the Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova. The project, titled “Creating the necessary conditions for fruit processing in the LAG microregion ‘Plaiul Codrilor’”, has gained a partial financial contribution from SPF to build a second oven for dehydrating fruits.

“We have decided to build such massive ovens about three years ago“, Vasile tells us, mentioning about his childhood rituals of drying plums in so-called loznitsa (AN – a Romanian regionalism for a rod trellis, used for drying fruits, certain dairy products etc). “I’m truly proud of my doings. It’s like a dream came true – the one of working with fruits. I’ve been imagining myself taking care of my own orchards, and now, at this point, they’re of 27 ha“, he tells us, when wandering among plum trees.

If you saw those massive ovens, you would be amazed by these detailed constructions. “We live in an era with powerful technology. We’re planning on opening partnership contracts. We also want to develop a cooking oven that should be connected to a methane furnace“. 2018 was a very productive year for the Necula family – they have dried about 45  tons of plums, picked from their own orchards. They plan to offer fruit-dehydration services to other interested people.

The orchard was planted back in 2005, but it has grown during the years. Now, it hosts the growing process of three types of plums. “The waiting was the hardest part – the trees were growing along with our investments. But the first harvest brought us so much happiness and content, that we understood that everything was worth the wait. And we were proud of our work“. Now, the Necula family is working on enhancing the dripping irrigation system, so each tree gets the necessary amount of water. Thus, the plums are of a high quality, which means that the sales will also grow. But only 3 ha of trees are fully irrigated. “I don’t regret a moment spent on the orchard! Even if my family and I are working constantly, I love what we’re doing“, says Vasile.

By the way, the dried plums are for sale. “Many people are interested in buying them. We are preparing the necessary quality certification. We’re planning on a double production for 2019, which means more work and more workers. That’s why we plan on creating new job opportunities, as well, so we attract more people in our Dolna village. Everyone will be have good salaries in their wallets and dried plums on their tables“, says Vasile.

The Necula family has a small partnership with a firm, that will deliver a few tons of plums in Ukraine, but Vasile also hopes for building partnerships with Poland and Italy. “It might seem our business is not that successful, but we have settled a good working system for dehydrating fruits“, mentioned Vasile.

Vasile Necula advises everyone to contribute to the local development and small businesses in rural areas by participating in projects, through which they will obtain partial financial support. “We have to look further. There are a lot of projects, where we will invest our own money, but we’ll also gain other financial support, so everyone wins. People living in villages see pluses everywhere, so with small steps, we develop our business and create new jobs. Agriculture is not the easiest domain to work in, but with common efforts come even greater results“, emphasizes Vasile.

This article is from “Success Stories” series, regarding the LEADER rural edition, Small Projects Fund 2018, implement by Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova.
Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova supports the creation and the activity of Local Action Groups in Republic of Moldova, based on the LEADER approach. 
The project “Creating the necessary conditions for fruit processing in the LAG microregion ”Plaiul Codrilor” is implemented in the framework of LEADER rural edition of Small Project Funds 2018 (with the support of Polish aid) and supported by the “Plaiul Codrilor” LAG.

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