FISH POND FARMING
A development loan of $25,000 has been received to develop tribal land. It is estimated that it will yeild an income of approximately $30,000 p.a. after five years. It is expected that the development loan will be progressively paid off over the five year period. This is consistent with our principle of missiology, where a hand up is given to the partner not a hand out. A very pure water supply feeds the land which is critical for fish production. The demand for fish exceeds the supply. PLEASE SEE THE HOW TO DONATE TAB
This beautiful land is very fertile for rice production. It takes about 2.5 hours to reach it from the Diplomat Centre in Imphal. It is an extremely tiring trip but well worth it.
COME WITH US AND FIND OUT.
AT NIGHT IT IS COMPLETELY SILENT IF YOU GO INTO THE
FIELDS. IT IS A SILENCE THAT YOU CAN FEEL, AMAZING! COME
AND FIND OUT!
The land extends much further to the left and a little to the right.
We are extremely grateful to Discover Church Inc for the provision of the funds for the Development Loan.
Above is a fish ponds dug from the proceeds of a development loan. As can be seen from the photo, it is a substantial excavation. The clay dug from this site was used to build a dormitory for the school (see below) It is customary in Imphal for each family to eat a meal of fish during the Holi festival. Although there is a lot of fish in Manipur, it still needs to be imported to meet the demand. Therefore, there is an automatic demand for the produce from this project. The diplomat centre land and building on the home page is held in the names of the elders of the VCC. The pond construction and school is on the land owned by Minthang's father and will ultimately be inheritted by Minthang. However, both fish ponds have 150 year leases ensuring that the proceeds will go to the VCC ministry. Simply for the project to be undertaken on land purchased and owned by the VCC is cost restrictive and outside their means.
Complementary farming projects will be run beside the dams consisting of piggeries and duckeries. The pooh from these will also assist in the fish breeding.
There is a signed lease of 150 years to enable continuity of the asset benefit to the Vaiphei Christian Church. Very often what can happen is that individuals claim the investment. Capture and Release Ministries work very carefully to ensure that this doesn't happen within our ministry areas of partnership.
FISHPOND with 4000 fish
SCHOOL IN THE PROCESS OF CONSTRUCTION
It is quite remarkable that the Indian Government has built this school on Minthang's father's land. It will employ Christian teachers amongst others and ultimately provide an additional source of income. There is a VCC church very close to here. When International visitors preach there, the families of the students will be invited to attend. International visitors can also teach at the school. Please refer to the Ministry Tab. Minthang is a man of integrity and this is the reason why the school has been built. The State Government has shown significant confidence in Minthang's ability and integrity.
The school is now completed. Also the bricks used for the school were baked from the clay of the fish pond.
TEAK AND FRUIT TREE PLANTATIONS
Teak plantations have been sown along with fruit tree nurseries from the proceeds of the development loan. Proceeds from the teak plantations take five years to mature. The fruit trees are somewhat faster.