In a bid to reach and train a large number of farmer’s upcountry in the Northern Region, Sasakawa Global 2000 (SG2000) recently launched a multi-purpose mobile unit, to train farmers in good agricultural practices.
The Mobile Farmers Training Center is an agricultural extension training approach targeted at large groups of smallholder farmers to receive farming training sessions in rural areas.
Speaking in Northern Uganda, the SG 2000 Program Officer in the region Daniel Olol, said that the truck enables the organization train farmers in audio and visual lesson on good farming practices. He notes that most farmers do not have the capacity to test their soils, they therefore use fertilizers that their fellow farmers are using.
“Apart from videos we also do soil tests to educate the farmers on what type of soil is in their farms, thereby, informing them of the crops to plant and the fertilizers to use.” Noted Olol.
The mobile training center makes it easy for the organization to reach a large number of farmers while focusing on helping farmers raise their crop yields and earn better prices through improved farming techniques through the whole farming value chain.
According to Olol one of the biggest challenges facing farmers in the Northern region is poor agricultural practices, where farmers lack proper training.
“It can be difficult to reach farmers for training, it is also costly and time consuming for farmers to travel to a training venue,” notes Olol “The Mobile Training truck helps us bring good farming practices right at the farmer’s doorstep to help them boost their yields and take care of their farms.
The truck is expected to reach and train more than 12,000 farmers in the Northern region to aid in increasing adoption of good agricultural practices.