Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation with support for European Union, Development Exchange Centre and OXFAM trained Local Government Extension Workers in a five day intensive training/workshop. The training was organized so as to empower  Local  Government  Extension  Workers with the required human capacity to sustain the achievements of PROSELL.

The PROSELL project was designed to end poverty and the acronym PROSELL means to PRODUCE and to SELL. The project component includes training of farmers, distribution of fertilizers, encourage vegetable gardening, village savings and loans, policy programs amongst many others.

The training included distribution of training manuals, writing materials, teaching/ presentations, group works and practical on compost making.

Compost making demonstration

The modules at the training include Climate-Resilient Agricultural practices, Sustainable Farming and Integrated Crop Management, Fundamentals of small ruminant management, Management of Organic Waste and Use of Substrates amongst others.

At the end of all the training sessions, action plans were immediately developed to commence the step-down training to other farmers.

The training helped the participants build their network, relationships, encourage brainstorming and knowledge sharing.

The participants recommended that the training should be a continuous exercise carried out at least twice a year and should be held with a mixture of participants drawn from lead farmers and extension workers from other local government areas across Taraba State. The participants also recommended that more females should be included in future trainings.

At the close of the training, the participants had such positive remarks to give; the participants liked the training, the group work, venue and particularly, they liked fundamentals of small ruminants, climate-resilient agricultural practices, sustainable farming and integrated crop management practices and management of organic substrates the most.

Written by Abimbola Ajayi