Sultan and Syamsuddin Go To Training
On February 5, 2013 Sultan and Syamsuddin along with other Cocoa Care farmers travelled to Tarengge, South Sulawesi to attend a 2.5 day intensive training session with highly experienced trainers.
Day 1 of training covers a variety of topics that give farmers the fundamental knowledge and skills in GAP (good agricultural practices). Topics included: Correct pruning techniques, farm sanitation, pest and disease management, fertilizing, pod and bean quality, pod opening, effects of cocoa pod borer on beans (black beans), harvesting and quality control.
In class training sessions are combined with practical classes on a demonstration farm which allows farmers to practice their learnings under the guidance of the trainer. After an exciting day in field your farmers returned to the classroom for more learning and a Q&A session.
Day 2 is designed to inspire farmers by showing them a farm that consistently achieves 2 - 3 metric tons per hectare. This provides motivation for them to implement their learnings back on their own farm. A visit to these farms provides an opportunity to learn from fellow farmers about how they achieve such high productivity, ask questions and learn from their experiences.
At the end of day 3, Sultan and Syamsuddin returned home with a wealth of information, grateful for this opportunity and very keen to get back and implement their learnings under the guidance from Cocoa Carers Darwis and Aris.
On farm training is the next activity for Sultan and Syamsuddin along with receiving their pruning tools.