On Monday 30 November and Tuesday 1 December, the NGO Dahari organised workshops for 80 farmers from our intervention villages.
Encouraging discussion amongst farmers
The event took place at the Regional Centre for Economic Development in the town of Ngandzalé, and was funded by the European Union.The aim was to bring together the most committed and enthusiastic farmers from different villages in order to learn about new methods, practise new techniques and discuss matters relating to breeding and agriculture. Forty participants took part in each exchange day.
The innovation circuit allows demonstration and dissemination of new agricultural techniques, most of which have been developed by CIRAD, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development..
In the morning, farmers were divided into groups for a guided tour of the centre, with explanations of 8 techniques given by Dahari’s agricultural extension team.
The following techniques were presented:
- Organic pesticides
- Drip irrigation
- Crop rotation
- Germination of banana seeds
- Improved cattle breeding
- Pregermination of banana seeds
- Cowpea and corn production
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
The day continued with group discussion workshops. Participants addressed issues such as marketing, breeding and the improvement in Dahari’s campaigns for farmer field schools. Regrouping and feedback was organised so each group could offer their views to all participants.
After lunch, the participants attended demonstration sessions. The four demonstration workshops were as follows:
- Feeding animals in the dry season (making silage)
- Making organic pesticides (insecticides, fertilisers and fungicides)
- Increasing food production (propagation methods for bananas, potatoes and yams)
- Film screening on erosion (discussion about anti-erosive methods, including mulch)
A quiz was organised for the end of the day. Each team answered 10 questions on different seed varieties within a time limit. The judging panel awarded a prize to the winning team.
A positive outcome
The organisers are satisfied with these two days of discovery and training; farmers were able to discuss challenges they had faced, and solutions they had implemented in each village. It also gave recognition to the most dynamic farmers and producers from each village.
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