9 New Farmers Go To Training
On February 5, 2014 the 9 new farmers (Basri, Arise, Sulaemana, Naharuddin, Vandi, Pabbe, Aripe, Supu and H.Budi) along with other Cocoa Care farmers travelled to Tarengge, South Sulawesi to attend a 2.5 day intensive training session with highly experienced trainers.
This training is exactly what was provided for the first round of cocoa farmers who joined the IPNI program back in 2013.
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, these 9 lucky farmers 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 and monitors Suprapto and Askar.