Field Level Monitoring
A Monitoring Cell was established comprising deputed officers and experts of PIU, NATP, DLS, Dhaka. The members of monitoring cell visited 74 upazilas to monitor project activates at the field level in the fiscal year 2010-11. The major observations and findings of the visits are presented below:
CIG Activities: Activities of 87 CIGs were observed and held discussion with CIG members during monitoring the field level activities. Out of 87, 51 CIGs hold meeting, 23 CIGs involved in savings, 36 CIGs maintained meeting register and attendance rate of the meeting was about 70%. All visited members of the CIG participated in the training and each CIG received minimum one demonstration under the project. In few cases, the process of CIG formation was not followed properly and many of the CIGs were not informed about holding meeting and depositing savings.
CIG Farmers Training: During monitoring the field level activities, 21 numbers of farmers training courses were observed. Training courses were organized at both union and upazila level, and all participants were found present in the training courses. Few deviations were observed during visit such as all participants were not present in time, handouts were not distributed among the trainees, in few cases audio-visual equipment was used and resource persons from district attended very few places. CIG members reported that knowledge of CIG members enhanced and most of the CIG members used gained knowledge in their farms. The visitors observed that each CIG member received training at least in one event.