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The NGO Dahari trains students from the National Horticultural Center of Mvouni

From March 27 to 1er April, the NGO Dahari welcomed students from the National Horticultural Center of Mvouni for a week-long field training. A study trip financed by the French Embassy in the Comoros. 

The National Horticultural Center of Mvouni (CNH) organized a study trip to Anjouan focusing on the innovation of sustainable agricultural techniques. From March 27 to 1er April, 30 final cycle students and three teachers were guided by the NGO Dahari for field training.

For the CNH, the objective of the exchange is to discover agricultural techniques and to promote the profession of farming to students. The trip was organized in Anjouan because Dahari is a relevant and quality interlocutor to show innovative agricultural techniques and their application in the field.

« These five days of practice allowed us to complete the theoretical training that the learners received. The students are very satisfied, they were able to see concrete applications of everything they learned in class. I know they won't forget what they saw this week. In addition, they understood that farming is a real profession and that they will be able to earn a living through agriculture. », specifies the trainer, Mr. Ben Attoumane Hamza.

For Dahari, the interest of the exchange lies above all in the opportunity to be able to publicize the technical innovations developed with CIRAD and implemented thanks to funding from the European Union and the Franco-Comorian Co-development Program.

The exchange visit program included a tour of the island, from Mutsamudu to Bimbini, with stops at Salamani, Adda, Outsa, Moya and Nindri. In each training location, the visit was divided into three points: the discovery of an area with its particularities in terms of agricultural production conditions, an interview phase with producers, and the application of techniques through practical work in the plots. A stage was organized in the village of Salamani to allow trainees to benefit from the entire Dahari agricultural supervision program organized in partnership with the Regional Economic Development Center (CRDE) of Salamani/Nganzalé.

The students covered the following themes: efficient water management, anti-erosion planning, permaculture, silage, food multiplication, integrated pest management, early market gardening techniques, agriculture-livestock integration, and growing onions from bulbils. They carried out agricultural work around the construction of a Beef Park, the sowing of onion bulbils, the preparation of the soil using the permaculture approach and the installation of anti-erosion lines.

The program was very popular with the students. We have selected some of their testimonies.

Erchad Chinoua, 1st year student: “We gained experience. In class it's very theoretical. This week we are in the fields, we have seen a lot of practice which helps us to better understand what we had seen in class. Dahari does a good job on the field. I see that farmers have realized that they can improve their crops and provide for their families. We hope that Dahari will be able to expand to also support the farmers of Ngazidja. »

Aminata Ali Boina: “I was struck by the island of Anjouan, which is really mountainous. It's different from Grande Comore, there are a lot of rivers here. The farmers we met don't use chemical fertilizers, they try to grow organically and that's good, I appreciate their approach. I also saw that Anjouanese farmers earn their living but not easily, they suffer a lot. At Outsa, we have all noticed that life is very difficult. I congratulate the Anjouan farmers and I wish them courage in their activities. »

Mmadi Saadi, president of the student cooperative: “The welcome from the people of Anjou was magnificent. We would like to thank Dahari for their commitment and the French Embassy for financing the stay. For me, this study trip was a two-way exchange: we discovered new techniques, such as planting onion bulbs or building the cattle pen. But we also brought our knowledge to farmers. So, in Nindri, we showed them the multiplication of sugar cane and a new technique for multiplying banana trees. I think everyone learned a lot during this stay. »