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Training held on scaling up improved sesame technologies

Training of trainers’ workshop was given to 44 individuals drawn from North Gondar and Western Tigray sesame production zones from May 29 -30, 2014 at Gondar. The two-day training was organised as part of the preparation for scaling up improved sesame production technologies in 916 demonstration plots in northwest Ethiopia.

While opening the training, Dr. Geremew Terefe, National Coordinator of the SBN support programme expressed his hope that after the training, the trainees will not only train Development Agents and model farmers intensively but they also play an important role in supporting, monitoring and evaluating the demo plots.

During the training participants were introduced and fine-tuned with the sesame production guide entitled “20 important steps to double yields and improve the quality of sesame”.  This field guide is prepared based on research findings and field experiences. It includes all field level operations- from land preparation to bagging. Participants were also trained on how to organise and supervise demonstration plots, monitor and coach the field level trainers, conceive and avail logbooks to be kept by Development Agents and model farmers as well as on the logic of cost sharing and how the allocated budget is used. What is more, participants got lessons on improved sorghum production packages.

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Practicing row planting using plastic bottle

The training gave chance to participants to see how row planting can be done practically using plastic bottles.

Before the closure of the training, participatory action planning was made concerning the ToT trainings which will be given shortly. This gave chance to decide on where, when and by whom the ToTs will be given in different woredas.

During the final discussion, participants appreciated the effort of the support programme and requested the support programme to make everything in place.

The two-day training was given to the core team which came together from Amhara and Tigray regions for the purpose of scaling up improved sesame technologies in northwest Ethiopia. Participants were from major proximity service providers including Humera and Gondar Agricultural Research Centers, Amhara Region Agriculture Bureau, North Gondar and West Tigray zone Agriculture Departments, eight woreda Agriculture Offices, Tsehay and Dansha unions, Almico Plc. and SBN Support Programme.

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By Sesame Business Network, Gondar-Ethiopia