A total of 34 development agents and agriculture experts drawn from Abrhajira and Abderafi Sesme Business Clusters (SBCs) received training on improved sesame production and management at Abrhajira, North Gondar zone.
The training which was held on the 25th and 26th of August 2013 was the second training organised by Sesame Business Coaches in Metema, North Gondar Zone.
The key objective of the training was to enhance development agents and agricultural experts’ knowledge on improved sesame production and management. During the training, emphasis were given to major sesame pests and management options and demonstration plot implementation and handling.
While opening the training session, Ato Zerfu Abuhay, administrator of Abrhajira woreda said, “More than 70% of the cultivated area in Abrhajira has been covered by sesame. But this agribusiness subsector has many bottlenecks; one of them in this year is farmers’ resistance to use fertilisers”. He added, “This ToT programme will help us a lot in achieving our goal.”
In the first day of the training important issues such as the use of fertiliser, seed variety selection, proper planting time, soil and water management of sesame fields were raised and thoroughly discussed.
Identification of specific pests, quantifying damage caused by pests and possible ways of treatments were the issues addressed in the second day of the training.
The training was conducted in a more interactive and participatory way. Apart from the theoretical presentations and discussions that were made in the training hall, trainees were given the chance to make a field visit in the nearby sesame fields and demonstration plots.
Some trainees said that the field visit gave them chance to identify some sesame pests practically. Participants expressed that it would have been more helpful had the training given earlier.
Speaking at the closure of the training, Mr. Mesenbet Melkamu, Abrhajira woreda agriculture office head said, “this type of technical training is the type of support that we need and I hope it will continue”.
The trainings helped participants not only to enhance their knowledge and skill about improved agricultural practices but it also helped them to develop a plan to impart the new knowledge and skill that they have got from the training to the farmers.
Yohannes Ebabuye from Gondar Agricultural Research Center (GARC), Melisew Miskir from SBN support programme and Alemayehu Kassa SBC coordinator at Metema were resource persons for the training.
The training was conducted following the demand that cluster members have shown in their action plans.