Friday, May 24, 2013

Ndhiwa Farmers Attend a Fruitful Production Training at Homabay ATC

  On the 22nd May 2013, a team of 17 farmers from Kobama division left their locality by bus with a major focus on acquiring new skills and the recommended production knowledge at HomaBay Agricultural Training Centre, formerly known as Farmers Training Centre. First we would like to appreciate the organizers and the roles they played in seeing this dream activity come to a reality; thanks ALIN headquarters for having sponsored the farmers transport from Kobama to HomaBay, thanks Mr. John Omotto, Kobama DAO, for coordinating us with FTC, Mr. Erick Adel, the institutes principal, who hosted us and largely ensured that the farmers received the necessary training and psychological gearing.
Farmers were able to learn on the basic of coming up with a simple business plan alongside farm plans to enable them understand and calculate the input required and the expected output before one settles for any entrepreneurship. With all minds geared towards making maximum profit, together we were able to calculate the Gross Margin for both Red Creole bulb onion and local poultry after an intensive production training of the under mentioned subjects. The farmers had a great desire of visiting the fields but due to the heavy rains that had made the areas less accessible without gumboots made us resolve it for another day that is yet to be organized.
Finally the Institute made an understanding with the farmers that they shall remain accessible to them at all times physically and online. The farmers assured the trainers to implement the lessons learnt within the next 3 months.