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Improved Dry Land Farming Techniques for Conservation Agriculture and Post-Harvesting Handling of Crop Production

Improved Dry Land Farming Techniques for Conservation Agriculture and Post-Harvesting Handling of Crop Production
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Improved Dry Land Farming Techniques for Conservation Agriculture and Post-Harvesting Handling of Crop Production

A three day training was held at ISTVS from 8th – 10th September 2018on improving dry land

farming techniques and enhancing agricultural production.The participants were drawn from two villages Himan and Aaryale which are located in the vicinity of Sheikh.

A total of 50 farmers (8 of them women) were recruited for the training which was funded and coordinated bya local NGO known as Candle Light.

The principal objective of the training was to improve crop production and empower the participants with skills and knowledge about how to reduce post harvesting losses.

The training covered good farming practices, seed selection, seed storage, preparation of compost manure and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

The “participatory trainee centered” methodology was used in the training. The trainees were asked a series of brain storming questions by a facilitatorto prompt the participants come up with solutions to farming challenges in their locations. Materials used in the training include visual aids, photos, markers, flipcharts and some field practices.

The key challenges to farming as highlighted by the farmers included.

  • Low crop productions from their farms.
  • Crop pest and diseases
  • Water shortage
  • Post-harvest losses
  • Low soil fertility

The final part of the training focused on how to address these challenges using local solutions.

The key skills gained during the training include:

  • How to make soil terraces and earth bands (soil banding)
  • Transplantation of seedlings
  • Propagation of sweet potatoes

The farmers recommended that there is need for more trainings focusing on soil fertility, water harvest and pest management. They also recommended that more villages should be included in future trainings.

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