Hill Lakes Project in Northwest Department Nearly Finished

Last July, Haiti President Martelly participated in launching the National Program of Hill Lakes (NPHL), sponsored by government of Haiti (GOH) in Jean-Rabel and Baie-de-Henne. At the two artificially-constructed lakes, he dispersed hatchlings into the water, while Ministers of Agriculture and Brother Armand, Community of the Incarnation Director, looked on.


HPHL addresses issues of crop and livestock survival, water conservation, and food self-sufficiency. With Brother Armand's outreach efforts, 160 hill lakes have been established with volunteer laborers, who have excavated earth to build artificial lakes with tools and machinery provided by GOH.

After nearly a year into the project, Prime Minister Lamothe and Senator Melius of the Northwest Department met with Brother Armand in Petite Place Cazeau to present to the media the NPHL, its progress, and further goal-setting.

Senator Melius talked about how urgent it is to expand the program to every rural area in Northwest Department, so agriculture--a third of Haiti's Gross Domestic Product--can be re-invigorated. The artificial lakes, stocked with farm-raised Tilapia, provide an improved diet to the peasant community. The lake water is also used for crop irrigation and livestock hydration. Pest control is another benefit, with insect-eating birds preventing crop damage. And advanced water-filtration technology is also being tested to produce clean drinking water.

Prime Minister Lamothe reports GOH has released enough funding this year to build another 18 artificial lakes. The ultimate goal is to have over 190 hill lakes operating in Northwest Department as soon as possible.

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