IPNI Program - Farmers in Training
The IPNI program commenced with the first group of farmers attending a 2 day training session with a Cocoa Carer in Tarengge , South Sulawesi at the end of May.
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 a cocoa carer.
L: Just arrived at the training Centre. R: First day out in the field to learn pruning techniques
Farmer Iskandar (left) and farmer Salama (right) practicing their pruning technique.
L: Learning about which branches to prune. R: Farmers with trainer Fajar (In black on the left).
L: Demonstrating how to apply fertilizer. R: Farmer Salama applying fertilizer .
L: Farmers understand the effects of Cocoa Pod Borer on beans. R: Understanding pod quality.
L: Farmer Anis learning about tree shape. R: Preparing presentations.
Great day! Ready for tomorrow.