For The Future Of Cocoa 

Kahar Attends Training

Posted on December 09, 2013 by Cocoa Care | 0 comments

On December 2, 2013 Kahar along with several other Cocoa Care farmers travelling 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 a cocoa carer. After an exciting day in field Kahar 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 Hj Hasan and Farmer Kodeng farms provided an opportunity to learn from fellow farmers about how they achieve such high productivity, ask questions and learn from their experiences.  

 

 
L: Cocoa Care Farmers arrive at the Cocoa Clinic for training (Kahar, center). R: In class Training.

 
Kahar learns how to prune correctly and without using his big knife!

 
L: With fellow farmer Ibrahim. R: Learning about quantity and application of fertilizers. 

 
L: Learning how to Harvest Pods. R: A happy Kahar harvests pods.

 
L: Kahar (right) tries snickers for the first time. R: Harvesting cocoa bean training.

 
Kahar cannot believe the quality (and quantity) of beans and pods on Farmer Kodeng's farm!

A very happy team! Cocoa Care farmer training group with Trainer Andi Asri

At the end of day 3, Kahar returned home with a massive smile and a wealth of information, grateful for this opportunity and very keen to get back and implement his learnings.

 

 

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