More than 120 women and young sesame farmers convened from in and around Gendewuha town were trained on improved agricultural practice at Gendewuha, North Gondar on the 18th of June 2017.
The main objective of the training was to enhance women and young sesame farmers awareness on improved sesame and rotation crops production packages.
The training was specifically targeted to women and youth farmers to insure their full participation in the agriculture sector and assure inclusiveness in the Sesame Business Network (SBN).
The training mainly focused on improved sesame and rotation crops production technologies. Emphasis was given to improved soil fertility management; pest and disease management; and gender mainstreaming issues.
The training was organised by BENEFIT projects- SBN, ISSD Amhara and CASCAPE in collaboration with Gondar Agricultural Research Centre (GARC) and Metema woreda office of agriculture.
Resource persons were from GARC, Metema woreda office of agriculture, ISSD Amhara and Benefit-SBN.
Participants said they liked the training session. Eyob Asfaw, 25, a young farmer from Akushera kebele said he enjoyed the training very much because he has got new knowledge on improved production technologies and gender related issues. He said he is going to support his parents by applying the important steps that he has learnt on improved sesame production technologies. He added he will try to share to others the new knowledge that he has learnt about gender in different informal and formal settings.
Neteru Teshome, a women sesame farmer from Meka kebele Metema woreda planned to plant sesame, cotton and sorghum in her 10 hectares of land. She said: “I have been participating in community meetings and training sessions organised by different bodies. This one is so interesting. It is like a walk-up call for farmers. It is an inspiration for those who want to achieve more.” She added: “From the movie, I have learnt that row planting result in higher yields. It doesn’t seem to require much labour as we thought.” This production season Neteru has got ‘Tikur Gojam’ (another name for ‘Abasena’) the improved sesame variety from the cooperative. By employing the improved production technologies, Neteru is determined to achieve more this year.
Kole Wende, is one of the very hard-working women from Meka-Kumer kebele, Metema woreda, who have been using 20 steps improved sesame production technologies. This production season Kole has planned to cultivate sesame, sorghum and teff in seven hectares of land. She said: “I received this kind of training before and trainings are very helpful. I applied what I have learned from trainings and achieved interesting results. I got 12 quintals of sesame per hectare while I was working with the SBN support programme. I continued to apply the improved technology by myself and still the yield was so good. I become the source of the improved sesame seed ‘Abasena’ in my kebele.” Despite this fact, Kole is currently covering less and less area for sesame due to the low sesame price. The attention given to women farmers is encouraging. We want some kind of support on sesame marketing too.”