Model farmer training for Kome and Watut

Farmers with completed mold frames for the five bio-sand filter, Kome

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As a follow-up of the TOT training, model farmer training were conducted at Kome and Watut project sites recently. The training were conducted by respective RDOs and model farmers that were trained through the TOT programme. Project staff were on hand at sites for two weeks from 3 – 14 August to oversee the training and undertake other pending project activities.

The training were based around the main interventions that the project is focusing on and included: crop propagation (rapid multiplication techniques), food processing, natural resources management, and livestock. Participants were given the opportunity to choose sessions to participate in as some of them had undertook some these training during a earlier visit of the project team. 

The team also made available planting materials to the participants and these included: cassava mini-stems (four varieties), taro suckers (four varieties), combo pack containing wheat, corn, mung bean, soya bean, cowpea (two varieties) and doilichos bean. Planting materials were also made available to the respective RDOs to bulk them at the multiplications plots for further distribution to the members of community.

Other project activities undertaken during the site visit included: construction of nursery and chicken sheds, demonstration on the steps involved in the construction of bio-sand filter and conduct M&E at both sites. Construction of these infrastructures is expected to be completed by mid September and is overseen by the NARI Facility team. 

The monitoring and evaluation used three phases. The first phase involved one on one interviews of model farmers to assess the change in knowledge, the uptake of new technologies and their confidence in using them, and sharing their skills with others. The interview consisted of 10 participants of equal men and women. The second group included key informant interview for DAL and Rural Development Officers. The third group consisted of secondary recipients who have been trained or have received information, planting material or breeding stock from trained model farmers (primary recipients). The focus group discussions consisted of 10 secondary recipients and the sessions were held separately for men and women.

Follow up visits are being planned to both sites later during the year. Watershed management and soil management will be the focus for Kome during the planned visit.

Construction of Nursery shed's foundation in Kome
A female model farmer in Watut explaining to the teachers and students of Pararoa primary School the process of seed sterilization