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Kusnadi Attends GAP Training

Posted on February 19, 2014 by Cocoa Care | 0 comments

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 arrives at the Cocoa Academy for agricultural training.  

 
L: Kusnadi attends a classroom training session. R: On the training farm with fellow farmers and the trainer.

 
L: Kusnadi practices pruning after being shown how. R: Kusnadi fertilizes using the correct quantity and technique. 

 
L: Learning about tree shape. R: Kusnadi harvesting cocoa pods.

Kusnadi amazed by all the pods on this demonstration farm!

 
Kusnadi prepares and gives presentations on his learnings.
 
Happy farmers with lots of new information! Three days of training complete (Kusnadi top left).

 

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.

 

 

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