12 July 2017
Cashew farmers in the Kambia District attended a 2-day training session hosted by COOPI, an Italian NGO, on best practices for the cultivation and collection of cashew crops. The training was held under the operational framework of the European Union (EU) funded food security program ProAct 2015.
The District Agricultural Officer from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Umaru Mohamed Sankoh, said, “The training is to primarily build the capacity of master trainers that will then be responsible to impact the technical skills involved in cashew nut cultivation to home farmers.”
He commended European Union and COOPI for their support of more than 120,000 seedlings of cashew nuts that have been available to farmers this year in Kambia District only. The Ministry has extensively engaged home farmers to cultivate cashew nut in order to sustain their livelihood. He maintained that cashew nut cultivation has contributed positively on the global market trend.
One of the trainees, Abdul Karim Bangura, explained, “I learned from the sessions about the basic skills involved in agronomic practices such as the implementation and maintenance of cashew nut cultivation. I learned skills revolving around helping farmers with intercropping to mainly control weeds and attract high yields. Post-harvest is pivotal for local farmers’ cultivation, which will enhance skills on how to mitigate loss of crop and prepare farmland sufficiently,” he noted.
The training aimed to create and consolidate technical skills and capacities on agronomic practices required to establish new cashew plantations, to be replicated and delivered to local based cashew farmers.
The COOPI Project Officer, Mohamed M. Kamara, underscored the need for trainers to consider the training relevant as it seeks to capacitate and enhance their knowledge in agronomic practices on cashew nut cultivation.
He disclosed that a total of 24 participants were selected from three districts, Port Loko, Bombali and Kambia. Each of the trainers are to replicate the technical skills involve in cashew nut cultivation, and in turn deliver it to local based farmers.
Wednesday July 12, 2017.