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Bayan-Ulgii Aimag. SMS System Helps Herders During Their Travels

Mercy Corps organized a training on SMS system in five soums of Bayan-Ulgii aimag under the Leveraging Tradition and Science-2 project (LTS2) in June 2016. Herders who attended this training learned to use the SMS system and receive weather forecasts on their cell phones. The herder D. Umbet was one of those training participants from Bulgan soum.

Umbet is a young herder and lives with his parents. Their camp is located 120 km from the soum center and 300 km from the aimag center. They frequently travel to soum or aimag centers to sell raw materials and get supplies. Drivers need to pass Ulagching mountain on the way to the aimag center. Snow and rain make this road slippery and very dangerous. So knowing in advance what would be the weather next day was very important for local residents.

"Having the latest weather information is very crucial for us. I tested this system 7 times and it was never wrong. We can now plan ahead our travels. When it rains we don’t travel and herd our livestock not far from our camp" says Umbet. "I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Mercy Corps for creating this system. We are now able to use our time much more efficiently".

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