Training on improved sesame production, contract farming and marketing held at West Tigray zone

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Participants attending the training on improved agricultural technologies

320 farmers drawn from Miebale and Maebel primary cooperatives (from Adebay and Bereket kebeles respectively) received two-day training on good agricultural practices, contract farming and marketing.

The training was organised by Sesame Business Network (SBN) support programme in collaboration with Dipassa Agroprom.plc on the 5th and 6th of October 2013.

The aim of the training was to help smallholder farmers, who grow sesame traditionally, produce good quality sesame that can meet the requirements of the international standards.

The training focused on enhancing cooperative member’s capacity in terms of production and marketing of products based on contract farming approach.

One day of the training was devoted to improved sesame agronomic practice which includes land preparation, improved seed varieties, sowing date and techniques, seed rate, pest and weed management. The second day was devoted to contract farming and marketing vis-à-vis sesame. Advantage of contract farming for farmers, processors, input suppliers were among the topics included.

The training on Bereket was supported by practical field visits. Participants of the training visited nearby sesame farms.

Trainees received manual on improved sesame production techniques and a concept note on contract farming.

At the end, participants of the training expressed that they have learnt important lessons that they are going to practice in their future agricultural activities. Some, however, said that the timing was not as such convenient for them. They said it would have been better had the training been given in either May or June that is before the rainy season.

Out of the total 318 participants 74 were female farmers.

Dr. Geremew Terefe, SBN support programme national coordinator, Muez Berhe, SBC coach coordinator at Humera, Gezu Seyoum, economics, value chain and business development coach at Humera and Capital Atomsa from Dipassa Agroprom.plc were the resource persons for the training.

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By Sesame Business Network, Gondar-Ethiopia