More than 50 agricultural experts drawn from Tsegede, Kafta-Humera, Wolkiet and Tahitay Adiyabo woredas received training on improved sesame, sorghum and mung bean production packages from March 28 – April 4, 2016 at Wukro, Tigray region. The objective of the training was to increase the knowledge of woreda experts on improved production technologies of sesame and rotation crops.
The training includes both practical and theoretical sessions. The theoretical part comprises contents on agronomy, pest and disease management and post-harvest handling techniques. After the training, discussions were made on model farmers’ experience of applying the 20 Steps improved sesame production techniques. During the discussions, woreda and zone experts raised major challenges faced in the previous production seasons rolling-out of the 20 Steps such as shortage of rain fall, absence of suitable raw planter, lack of support by development agents and partial application of the 20 steps. The discussion on model farmers’ practice of the 20 Steps reviled that there are possibilities of expanding the experience to other farmers.
The practical training was mainly on land ploughing, row making and row planting.
Expertise from Tahitay Adyabo woreda said sesame is thus far produced in their area using the conventional practice and they said they will apply the 20 Steps production techniques in their woreda as of the coming production season. They said they will conduct demonstration plots to teach their farmers about the improved technologies.
The training was organised by Tigray Bureau of Agriculture (TBoA) in collaboration with Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) and BENEFIT-SBN.