Fruit Tree Domestication Workshop
On the 24/05/2012 Green Care organized a training workshop in Shisong for local farmers on Fruit Tree domestication. Lessons included Air layering or Marcotting, Approach or Bud grafting and propagation by cuttings. Emphasis was on Air layering or Marcotting because its fitting to everybody and has 90% success rate.
Farmers were taught on the tools, appropriate season and how to select trees.
After the training, attended by two women and five men amongst which was the village traditional head for Shisong ‘Shufai Wang’ participants were taken for practical session and to Green Care’s demonstration site where they had opportunity to see, and touch marcots. Reasons were also advanced why Marcots are kept in the propagator and shed house before planting. One of the participants Dubila Genevieve left the training excited and promised to immediately pass on the message to her family and interested friends.
All the farmers agreed the techniques were within reach and that they were going to put the knowledge acquired to improve their family gardens and as a source of income,
Special appreciation was extended to GlobalGiving team through Green Care Association.
Community Workshop: Bee Keeping
On Saturday the 24th of March, Green Care Association organised a Bee keeping workshop in Shisong village. A total of 15 persons attended, amongst which were four (4) women and one youth. Main topics treated include, Types of Bees, Colony division and function, Qualities of a good bee keeper, Benefits of Bee keeping, where to locate a Bee farm and Honey harvesting techniques.
During the workshop samples of traditional, Top Bar and Langstroth Hives were displayed for comparison. Ideas were discussed and shared on the advantages and disadvantages of the various types of hives. .
Facilitation of the workshop was done in mother tongue, which gave many farmers the opportunity to understand more and asked meaningful question in relation to the Bee keeping. At the end of the workshop new farmers lie Mrs Sah Anna and Yekov Mary Bernadette appealed for another training opportunity, while Mr Justin Berinyuy appreciated the training and immediately requested for formation of Bee farmers Club. This was approved by the assembly and it was agreed the trained farmers shall be meeting once every last Saturday of the month to discuss issues affecting their bee keeping sector.
The training ended with a visit to Bee demonstration farm and acquisition of training handout by farmers. Four of the participants had not previously considered bee keeping but at the end of the training they were so keen they promised to start as soon as possible.
Green Care Association and the workshop participants are very happy for the sponsorship by GlobalGiving.
On the 5th of March 2012, Green Care Association organized training on Rapid Yam Set Multiplication. It was attended by 12 local subsistence farmers, five of whom were women. Main topics treated during the training are, Kinds of Yams,importance, properties, requirements for yam production, Propagation techniques, Land preparation, Planting patterns, Maintenance, fertilization and harvesting.
After the training, two of the workshop participants ( Mrs Mary Binirla Ngong and Mr Patrick Chilla) instantly declared their readiness to put the training knowledge to practice. Some other farmers who could not attend the training like Mrs Bongfen Florence of Shisong and Mr Wirba Gilbert of Kumbo came later in the day pleading for the another training opportunity. We are all grateful to GlobalGiving funds and are ready to do more.
Thank you very much.