Metema woreda office of agriculture in collaboration with Gondar Agricultural Research Centre (GARC), ISSD Amhara and Benefit- SBN organised training on seed production technologies for 30 farmers drawn from two seed producing cooperatives from Metema and Quara woredas, North Gondar zone.
The training session, held on the 17th of June 2017 at Gendewuha, was organised with the objective of strengthening the capacity of seed producing cooperatives so that they can produce high quality seeds of sesame and rotation crops.
The main focus of the training was on 20 steps improved sesame production package, soil fertility management, pest and disease management and chemical spray calibration. The training also included gender mainstreaming.
In the plenary session, at the end of the training, some farmers voiced their discontent on the existing market system. They said although they produce quality seeds in the earlier years they were not able to be rewarded for that. A farmer said, “we have been supported by different bodies to produce more with better qualities. We tried to do that in the earlier years but we were not rewarded for that. We did not get better prices. Nobody seems to address the market problem.”
Recourse persons for the training were from GARC, ISSD Amhara and Benefit-SBN.
Feedback from participants
Mr. Wasse Assefa, is among the participant farmers from Quara who are about to form seed producer organisation. He said he is going to produce quality sesame and sorghum seed using the lessons that he has got from the training. He said he has already ploughed two hectares of his land and make it ready for sowing and he is going to produce quality sesame and sorghum seed in two hectares of his land. He plans to produce Humera 1 sesame and Deber sorghum variety.
Etaferahu Ageze, member of Workamba seed cooperative from Kokit, said she was happy in participating in the training. She said she has learnt about the sesame production- from land preparation to that of threshing. She said that she had participated in other training sessions but this one is a bit different from others as it incorporates lessons on pest and disease infestation and the management system using chemicals. She added she and other farmers were largely applying chemicals randomly but this lesson will help them learn on proper way of chemical application. She has got two kg Abasina quality seed variety and she is ready to plant it in her two hectares of land by applying the 20 important steps. She said she needs the support of professionals in the production season.