By Elizabeth Nyagoha
Capacity building and training are among the major boosters of goal achievement in organizations working with communities. A short-term crop pre-harvest survey report in July 2013 among KOMAZA farmers highlights strengthening of farmer trainings as a major recommendation. Achievement of this is going to be easy, thanks to the creation of the training and community outreach department that will oversee all training needs within the organization and propose best approaches for delivering trainings to staff and farmers. On- farm training is perhaps the way to go.
One of such an event was organized on 3rd October by the Field Extension Network of Mtsara wa Tsatsu, with Alfred Kiti, the field manager being the overall planner. Part of the office staff in Kilifi who would represent those unable to make it had prepared early enough for the journey to Mtsara. This was a day of its kind and was show casing a farmer whose efforts and commitment in the project has captured the eyes of many. The farmer has since when the project was introduced in the location been planting trees. Currently the farmer has five eucalyptus plots under the care of his family. He also engages in other income generating crops like pineapples, cashew nuts and cassava.
Best maintenance practices have helped the farmer reduce tree mortality in the early stages of maturity
On this day both Komaza and non Komaza farmers were invited to come and learn from this farmer. The day also served as a forum for collaboration with other stake holders including the local administration and the Ministry of Agriculture.
It was also an opportunity for the office staffs in Kilifi office including the top management to have a feel of what the field staff go through and be able to learn the ideal field situations. Best practices among the farmer and other farmers too were rewarded.
Well, having told and shown the farmers the way, we have to remain persistent and encourage them more to take up on the best practices. After all, “what one farmer can do others can do better!!!”