Thu. Nov 21st, 2019

Government train 35 Extension Officers

Written by Enock Balakasi
Government has trained 35 extension officers 35 and lead farmers in the central region, which is expected to promote food, nutrition and income sustainably. The Farmers field schoolmaster Trainers course is a participatory extension methodology where by farmers themselves and extension officers and research officers together they identify a problem and then agree on how they can solve the problems using available technologies.
Speaking on Wednesday during graduation ceremony at Lisasadzi RTC under Kasungu ADD, Friday Njaya Director of Fisheries under Ministry of Agriculture, said master trainers course would enable extension workers to implement farmer field schools in their respective areas.
“Farmer field school is one of approaches we are using to improve adoption of technologies by farmers. Our expectation is that when the graduates go back to their respective sessions, they are going to establish farmer field schools. “Through those farmer field schools, farmers will be able to interact with scientists, subject matter specialists and be able to solve problems that they are facing in agricultural development, hence an increase of yields and livestock,” Njaya said.

Friday Njaya :High productivity would promote farmers’ socio-economic development in their localities
Chen:Malawi need to be specific on how it develops their technologies which will transform agriculture productivity

According to Njaya high productivity would promote farmers’ socio-economic development in their localities. “We take this type of training very important because Malawi is Agri based in terms of economy and depend on agriculture on food security as well for export, he added.
Meanwhile Zhijun Chen Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO] Representative hailed the initiative saying it will help to reduce malnutrition levels in many communities. He said Malawi need to be specific on how it develops their technologies which will transform agriculture productivity.
“For development of agriculture system, farmers need some support different input, technology and skills.This farmer field skills approach is a vehicle for agriculture extension to deliver proven technology and best practices to the farmers,” Chen said.
One of the beneficiaries of the training Cecilia Mbewe from Chinkhoma in Kasungu said during a 13-week training, she has managed to acquire several skills like mushroom production, and different ways how to grow crops.
“In the villages we normally go out in the bush and fetch for mushroom. We did not know that we can raise some structures which can provide suitable environment for mushroom production.
“We have learnt quite a number of technologies more especially pertaining to crops. With this course, we now know that a crop can grow anywhere as long as you transform the environment,” Mbewe said.
The 35 extension officers 35 and lead farmers were drawn from Kasungu, Mchinji, Nkhotakota and Salima.
Farmers field schoolmaster Trainers course graduated under the theme: Empowering farmers to attain food, nutrition and income security sustainably.
The initiative is implemented with the help from European Union and jointly implemented by FAO and Malawi government. Written by Enock Balakasi
Government has trained 35 extension officers 35 and lead farmers in the central region, which is expected to promote food, nutrition and income sustainably. The Farmers field schoolmaster Trainers course is a participatory extension methodology where by farmers themselves and extension officers and research officers together they identify a problem and then agree on how they can solve the problems using available technologies.
Speaking on Wednesday during graduation ceremony at Lisasadzi RTC under Kasungu ADD, Friday Njaya Director of Fisheries under Ministry of Agriculture, said master trainers course would enable extension workers to implement farmer field schools in their respective areas.
“Farmer field school is one of approaches we are using to improve adoption of technologies by farmers. Our expectation is that when the graduates go back to their respective sessions, they are going to establish farmer field schools. “Through those farmer field schools, farmers will be able to interact with scientists, subject matter specialists and be able to solve problems that they are facing in agricultural development, hence an increase of yields and livestock,” Njaya said.
According to Njaya high productivity would promote farmers’ socio-economic development in their localities. “We take this type of training very important because Malawi is Agri based in terms of economy and depend on agriculture on food security as well for export, he added.
Meanwhile Zhijun Chen Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO] Representative hailed the initiative saying it will help to reduce malnutrition levels in many communities. He said Malawi need to be specific on how it develops their technologies which will transform agriculture productivity.
“For development of agriculture system, farmers need some support different input, technology and skills.This farmer field skills approach is a vehicle for agriculture extension to deliver proven technology and best practices to the farmers,” Chen said.
One of the beneficiaries of the training Cecilia Mbewe from Chinkhoma in Kasungu said during a 13-week training, she has managed to acquire several skills like mushroom production, and different ways how to grow crops.
“In the villages we normally go out in the bush and fetch for mushroom. We did not know that we can raise some structures which can provide suitable environment for mushroom production.
“We have learnt quite a number of technologies more especially pertaining to crops. With this course, we now know that a crop can grow anywhere as long as you transform the environment,” Mbewe said.
The 35 extension officers 35 and lead farmers were drawn from Kasungu, Mchinji, Nkhotakota and Salima.
Farmers field schoolmaster Trainers course graduated under the theme: Empowering farmers to attain food, nutrition and income security sustainably.
The initiative is implemented with the help from European Union and jointly implemented by FAO and Malawi government.
Written by Enock Balakasi
Government has trained 35 extension officers 35 and lead farmers in the central region, which is expected to promote food, nutrition and income sustainably. The Farmers field schoolmaster Trainers course is a participatory extension methodology where by farmers themselves and extension officers and research officers together they identify a problem and then agree on how they can solve the problems using available technologies.
Speaking on Wednesday during graduation ceremony at Lisasadzi RTC under Kasungu ADD, Friday Njaya Director of Fisheries under Ministry of Agriculture, said master trainers course would enable extension workers to implement farmer field schools in their respective areas.
“Farmer field school is one of approaches we are using to improve adoption of technologies by farmers. Our expectation is that when the graduates go back to their respective sessions, they are going to establish farmer field schools. “Through those farmer field schools, farmers will be able to interact with scientists, subject matter specialists and be able to solve problems that they are facing in agricultural development, hence an increase of yields and livestock,” Njaya said.
According to Njaya high productivity would promote farmers’ socio-economic development in their localities. “We take this type of training very important because Malawi is Agri based in terms of economy and depend on agriculture on food security as well for export, he added.
Meanwhile Zhijun Chen Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO] Representative hailed the initiative saying it will help to reduce malnutrition levels in many communities. He said Malawi need to be specific on how it develops their technologies which will transform agriculture productivity.
“For development of agriculture system, farmers need some support different input, technology and skills.This farmer field skills approach is a vehicle for agriculture extension to deliver proven technology and best practices to the farmers,” Chen said.
One of the beneficiaries of the training Cecilia Mbewe from Chinkhoma in Kasungu said during a 13-week training, she has managed to acquire several skills like mushroom production, and different ways how to grow crops.
“In the villages we normally go out in the bush and fetch for mushroom. We did not know that we can raise some structures which can provide suitable environment for mushroom production.
“We have learnt quite a number of technologies more especially pertaining to crops. With this course, we now know that a crop can grow anywhere as long as you transform the environment,” Mbewe said.
The 35 extension officers 35 and lead farmers were drawn from Kasungu, Mchinji, Nkhotakota and Salima.
Farmers field schoolmaster Trainers course graduated under the theme: Empowering farmers to attain food, nutrition and income security sustainably.
The initiative is implemented with the help from European Union and jointly implemented by FAO and Malawi government.

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