Sesame Business Network (SBN) support programme in collaboration with Metema Woreda Cooperative Promotion Office (CPO) organised a two-day training on agricultural marketing and sesame value chain for 60 management members convened from 17 primary cooperatives in the woreda.
The training, which was held on the 16th and 17th of November 2013, was aimed at increasing the awareness of primary cooperative members about the concept of marketing in the sesame value chain in general and the relationship that primary cooperatives have with the cooperative union and banks in particular.
In his welcoming speech, Ato Nega Eshete, head of the Metema Woreda Cooperative Promotion Office stated that the training on sesame marketing is a timely and relevant issue for primary cooperative members as they are ready for the marketing season. He incited the trainees to attend the training actively and share the lessons that they get from the training to other members.
The two day training session gave participants an excellent opportunity not only to get some concepts about the importance of cooperatives, historical development of cooperatives, sesame marketing and value chain actors but it also offered them the chance to discuss about some practical problems that the cooperative members encounter in their relationship with the union and banks.
At the end, participants express their happiness about the inputs that they get from the presentations and discussions made in the two days training. They also appreciated the SBN support programme and the Woreda CPO for jointly organising the training session.
Out of the total 60 participants only three were females.
Demeke Tilahun from SBN support programme, Teshome Negashe and Yosef Tegegn from Metema Woreda CPO, Zeleke Mamo from Metema Farmers’ Cooperative Union and Getu Hailu from Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (Metema Branch) were the resource persons for the two days training.