Kusnadi Attends GAP Training
On February 5, 2013 Kusnadi and fellow 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 Kusnadi 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 by asking questions and learning from their experiences.
Kusnadi amazed by all the pods on this demonstration farm!
At the end of day 3, Kusnadi returned home with a wealth of information, grateful for this opportunity and very keen to get back to his farm and implement his learnings under the guidance from Cocoa Carers Darwis and Aris.