Help young lives learn how to farm in Africa

by Network of Agric and Sustainable Leaders for Africa (NASLA)
Help young lives learn how to farm in Africa
Help young lives learn how to farm in Africa
Help young lives learn how to farm in Africa
Help young lives learn how to farm in Africa
Help young lives learn how to farm in Africa
Help young lives learn how to farm in Africa
Help young lives learn how to farm in Africa
Help young lives learn how to farm in Africa
Help young lives learn how to farm in Africa
Help young lives learn how to farm in Africa
Help young lives learn how to farm in Africa
Help young lives learn how to farm in Africa
Help young lives learn how to farm in Africa
Help young lives learn how to farm in Africa
Help young lives learn how to farm in Africa
Help young lives learn how to farm in Africa
NASLA Founder/CEO Presenting at ROOTBIZ
NASLA Founder/CEO Presenting at ROOTBIZ

REPORT ON THE TRAINING OF YOUTHS ON BIOSECURITY MANAGEMENT IN POULTRY

FARM AND RECORD KEEPING ON JUNE 11, 2022:

 

Types of trainees:  

Youths (18-35years old) and / Small-holder farmers  

Attendance:   

Number of members present: 13  (10 women 3 men)  

Persons to contact: Mr.Tendong 

Date of meeting: 06/11/2022  

Venue of the meeting:  City FM radio building, Che Street-Ntarinkon Bamenda  

Duration of the meeting in hours: 

3hrs and 30mins  

Start time 10:40 am 

End time: 2:10pm  

The theme of the training:  BIOSECURITY MANAGEMENT IN A POULTRY FARM AND RECORD 

KEEPING  

Context and rationale: Within the framework of the NASLAAfrica ROOT Biz program, it was identified that many existing and potential poultry farmers in the Mezam Division had insufficient knowledge of BIOSECURITY MANAGEMENT and RECORD KEEPING, from the problem identified and chosen for animation, a theme was formulated as biosecurity management in a poultry farm and record keeping.  

The training session started at 10:40 am with 10 participants together with one volunteer, the CEO of NASLAAfrica, and one Resource trainer in charge of the execution of the training. 

The agenda was presented as follows: 

  • Registration of participants (signing attendance list)
  • Opening prayers 
  • Welcome and Introduction of all participants 
  • Objectives and expected results 
  • Training proper 
    • Introduction on biosecurity 
    • Causal agents of diseases in pigs 
    • Prevention and control of diseases in Broilers 
    • How to identify sick animals 
    • Some common diseases in Broilers 
    • Drug administration 
    • Record Keeping 
  • Questions and answers 
  • Other matters and refreshment 
  • Closing remarks 

A word of prayer was offered by Ibrahim, one of the participants, the CEO of NASLAAfrica Mr. Tendong also gave an opening word where he used this opportunity to welcome everyone present. He also gave a brief introduction about NASLAAfrica and the ROOT Biz program. There was a brief introduction of all participants who were present at the training ground.  

Thereafter, the objectives and expected results of the training were presented by the Facilitator which were; 

    OBJECTIVES:  

  • To enhance the need for farmers to adopt indigenous practices in poultry farming 
  • To ensure timely intervention in addressing minor animal health concerns. 
  • To improve on the know-how of poultry farmers in fostering sustainable livestock production activities. 
  • Train participants on the appropriate techniques for identifying sick birds
  • Train participant on the importance of record keeping and basic documentation  

 

 

EXPECTED RESULTS: 

 

  • Participants possess a better knowledge of animal health and identification of sick animals 
  • Participants possess a better knowledge of various broilers' common diseases, their signs, symptoms, and drugs of choice for curative purposes. 
  • Participants possess better knowledge to prevent disease/infection from entering their farms and spread of infection within the farm 
  • Participants are able to keep their records and calculate their expenses, Margins and as well determine the price of their product 

 

Regarding the introduction the subject matter “biosecurity” was defined, stating the types of biosecurity and the importance of biosecurity to a farmer’s production in relation to Poultry Farming. The different disease causal agents (bacterias, fungi, viruses, parasites, environmental diseases, poisoning, etc.) were discussed. 

The Participants were made to understand how to prevent and control these diseases. The following points were examined; 

  • The principles of preventing animal disease attack 
  • Practices, 
  • preventive measures,(offensive and defensive) 

The different methods that could be used to identify a sick broiler were also treated with great emphasis being laid on several points (use of sight, observation, changes in behavior, the use of sound, and faces). 

Furthermore, some common broiler diseases were examined, their signs and symptoms and route treatments that could be given, and the different ways in which drugs can be administered to the broilers. 

To continue the participants were trained on Record keeping where they were thought on: 

  • different record booklets
  • how draw the record booklet,  
  • How to fill this book coherently and 
  • how to trace errors for future adjustment in farms through record documents,  

At the end of the training, a room was given for the participants to ask questions for better understanding and clarification and as well share their experiences. Several questions were posed which were answered detailly with much clarity. 

On other matters emphasis was laid on the filling of the management book in relation to the training on biosecurity and its importance. 

The workshop ended with refreshments, and group and individual picture taking.

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NASLA Founder/CEO Presenting at ROOTBIZ pic 2
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ROOTBIZ group picture
NASLA Community Ambassador teaching at ROOTBIZ
NASLA Community Ambassador teaching at ROOTBIZ
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NETWORK OF AGRIC AND SUSTAINABLE LEADERS FOR AFRICA (NASLA)

ROOTBIZ QUARTERLY WORKSHOP – SPRING 2022

  

Date of training: 04/03/2021

Venue of the training: Bessi-fomukong village,   Mbengwi

 

Duration of the training Start time 10:30 am End time 1:30 pm 

Classroom sessions: 2 hours  Practical hands-on session: 1hour 

 

Theme of the training: INCREASE SUSTAINABILITY IN PIG PRODUCTION SYSTEMS THROUGH PROPER FEED FORMULATION TECHNIQUES, BIOSECURITY MEASURES AND  MARKETING STRATEGIES.

 

Beneficiaries: Youth, Women  Pig Farmers (Producers)

Number of participants: = 50 (30 youths and 20 women)

Contact Persons: Mr. Tendong, NASLA Founder/Director / Ms. Zie, Program Manager

 

Context and rationale: Within the framework of the NASLAAfrica ROOTBIZ capacity building  program, it was identified that pig producers (farmers) in Bessi-fomukong village in Mbengwi Subdivision lack sufficient knowledge of feed formulation, biosecurity measures, and the  various marketing strategies to sell their produce, from the problem identified and chosen for  animation, a theme was formulated as: INCREASE SUSTAINABILITY IN PIG PRODUCTION  SYSTEMS THROUGH PROPER FEED FORMULATION TECHNIQUES, BIOSECURITY MEASURES  AND MARKETING STRATEGIES with objectives;

Objectives: To share ideas, and experiences and improve farmers’ knowledge of feed formulation techniques, biosecurity measures, and good marketing strategies for sustainability. 

(types of locally adaptable breed, type of feed, feed ingredients, method of mixing (tools),  method of storage, frequency of feeding, frequency of cleaning pigsty house,  vaccination/treatment, and marketing strategies).

 

The training session started at 10:00 am with 42 participants present together with two trainers, and two volunteers in charge of the execution of the training.

The workshop agenda was presented as follows:

Arrival and registration of participants 

Welcome by the project coordinator 

Objectives and expected results

Presentation of NASLA Africa and the ROOT Biz Program 

Presentation of the program of the workshop 

Introduction of participants 

Training proper

Introduction to feed formulation for pigs

Nutrients

Ingredients

Balance feed

Level of inclusion of feed ingredients

Feed formula

Introduction on biosecurity

Causal agents of diseases in pigs

Prevention and control of diseases in pigs

How to identify sick animals

Some common diseases in pigs

Drug administration

Marketing strategies 

Questions and answers

Practical Demonstration of feed formulation

Closing remarks

A word of prayer was offered by Mr. Tendong who used this opportunity to welcome everyone. There was a brief introduction of all participants who were present at the training ground. 

Thereafter, the objectives and expected results of the training were presented by the Ms. Zie which were the following:

OBJECTIVES:

1. To ensure proper feed formulation techniques

2. To ensure timely intervention in addressing minor animal health concerns.

3. To improve on the know-how of pig farmers in fostering sustainable livestock production activities.

4. Ensure a remarkable increase in both quantity and quality of pigs

5. Train pig farmers on the appropriate techniques for identifying sick animals

6. Train pig farmers on the handling of animal health instruments and drugs.

7. To create awareness about good marketing opportunities and strengthen farmers' knowledge of effective marketing strategies. 

EXPECTED RESULTS:

1. Pig farmers to possess a better knowledge of the formulation of animal feed
2. Pig farmers to possess a better knowledge of animal health and identification of sick  animals

3. Pig farmers to possess a better knowledge of various pig common diseases, their signs,  symptoms, and drugs of choice for curative purposes.

4. Pig farmers to possess better knowledge to prevent disease/infection from entering their farms and spread of infection within the farm

5. Pig farmers to possess a better knowledge of how to sell their pigs 

In the introduction of the subject matter terms related to feed formulation was defined, and “biosecurity” was also defined, stating the different types of feed ingredients, different types of biosecurity, and the importance of a balanced feed and biosecurity to a farmer’s production in relation to pig farming. The different disease causal agents (bacterias, fungi, viruses,  parasites, environmental diseases, poisoning, etc.) were discussed.

Furthermore, the farmers (producers) were explained the:

use of the main raw materials for feed formulation from their farms' notion of nutrients, ingredients, balanced feed

use of any feed formula to come out with a balanced feed

principles of preventing animal disease attack

Practices, preventive measures,(offensive and defensive)

different techniques to market their pigs

Different methods that could be used to identify a sick pig were also treated with great emphasis being laid on several points (use of sight, observation, changes in behavior, use of smell, use of touch, the use of sound).

To add, some common animal diseases were examined their signs and symptoms and route treatments that could be given, and the different ways in which drugs can be administered to animals with great warnings that it is very risky for farmers to use administration by injection.

In the session on marketing strategies, farmers were sensitized to 5 basic marketing channels to sell their produce locally and regionally. They were also trained on the 3 main Ps of marketing  (Price, Promotion, and People) that can easily be adapted and practiced in their environment while encouraging the farmers on the importance of good community relationships (people relationships) to boost their marketing. 

At the end of the training, the room was given to the producers to ask questions for better understanding and clarification. Several questions were posed which were answered. The training ended at 1:30 am with refreshments and departure.

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LEC Coordinator Welcoming ROOTBIZ Participants
LEC Coordinator Welcoming ROOTBIZ Participants

REPORT ON: A ONE-DAY TRAINING WORKSHOP

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

 

Date:             28/11/2021

Community: Mbengwi Subdivision, North West Region, Cameroon

Venue:          Presbyterian Church Hall, Bessi-Fomukong

 

Main objective: To raise awareness and improve youths/farmers’ knowledge on the importance of sustainable agriculture as a bridge to food security, poverty alleviation, and climate/environmental sustainability.

 

Introduction

Live Empowerment Credit (LEC) in collaboration with the Network of Agric and Sustainable Leaders for Africa (NASLA) organized a one-day training workshop designed to raise awareness and address the importance of sustainable agriculture to youths and rural farmers as a bridge to food security, poverty alleviation and climate/environmental sustainability in Mbengwi subdivision, Cameroon. The workshop sessions were facilitated by the trainers: Tendong Denis (NASLA CEO), Tamugri (LEC Coordinator).

 

The problem:

 

More than 75% of rural Cameroonians are subsistence farmers. Due to the population pressure, high demand for healthy food, and the scarcity of quality productive farmlands, many farmers use marginalized land which leads to much lower yields. For over the years, many, especially the youths have had a very negative mindset about agriculture, and so many continue to run to urban cities and even foreign nations in search of jobs.  While some have resolved to the use of chemical fertilizers to boost production, others are clearing forest and natural lands to cultivate more farmland, which has exacerbated environmental degradation and climate change. If this problem is not solved in the next few years, farmers will not be able to produce enough food to feed their families, will have cleared most natural forests which is a risk to the environment and many youths will continue to populate the cities which have limited opportunities to content all, hence increase risk of many social ills.

 

Specific objectives

The training seeks to empower and improve youths and farmers knowledge on:

  • importance of sustainable agriculture
  • on climate change while promoting youths and rural farmers to become climate resilient actors. 
  • new innovative farming practices
  • Simple and low-cost farm business ideas to help boost income and economic growth
  • Food security, poverty alleviation, and job employment


 

Expected outcome

The expected outcomes for the training workshop were:

 

  • Participants gain knowledge on the importance of adopting to sustainable farming practices
  • Participants gain knowledge on importance and necessity of establishing the farmer’s groups and cooperatives for increasing their yield, building capacities and improving their livelihoods, and mitigating the natural risks;
  • Action plan for capacity building of the existing farmers in the five pilot villages will be formulated through group work under the facilitation of the LEC team;
  • Participants to deepen their knowledge on Food security, poverty alleviation, climate change, and job employment
  • Participants to utilize knowledge to make informed decisions on land use planning and farm management to sustainably increase agricultural productivity;
  • Reducing environmental degradation
  • Improving farmer’s livelihoods at the community level;


 

Participants

The training targeted 30 participants of the Bessi-Fomukong Community including men, women, and youths. Many community members expressed the desire to attend this training but due to covid-19 restrictions, only 30 persons were accepted to ensure social distancing during the training.

 

Annex

  • Welcoming participants and introducing training objectives
  • NASLA CEO Presentation
  • Interactive session with participants
  • Open discussions with participants about their knowledge on sustainable methods of agriculture
  • Family photo with participants at the end of the training


 

Training activities

Activities carried out during training were both appropriate and effective in meeting the needs of beneficiaries and the objectives of the program. However, the program was designed with the goal of enabling farmers to get appropriate skills, information on sustainable agriculture and how it will help secure food, increase income and livelihood.

 

Setting training norms:

The participants were asked to participate in setting training norms and the following were agreed on:

  • To have one meeting and no side talking
  • Minimize disturbances by switching/silencing the phone during the training;
  • Raising hand for seeking permission
  • Ceasing in and out movement


 

Training methods

Presentations, Interactive and participatory training methods were applied in the one-day training workshop. The following methods were used in the workshop:

 

Lecture and presentation by the trainers

The major training contents prepared by the trainer’s team were presented by trainers through verbal communication. No written notes were distributed since the majority of participants were unable to read.

 

Topics

 

Sustainable agriculture

During this session, the participants shared the agricultural production and management systems in the community, different agricultural product marketing, problems, and challenges facing the agricultural system. On the other hand, they were empowered on what sustainable agriculture is all about and why they all need to adapt to sustainable farming practices in order to help boost their income, healthy food, the health of the environment, and community growth.

 

Environmental protection and climate action:

In this session, the participants were educated about climate change and how some of the poor agricultural systems and practices help destroy the planet causing climate change and health challenges to increase poverty. Educating and encouraging the participants to be climate resilient actors.

 

Growing vegetables/crops, rearing of livestock

This session aimed at letting the participants learn the effective ways and socio-economic advantages of growing vegetables/crops such as tomatoes, peppers, watermelon, water leaves, eggplant, okra, lix, lettuce, celery, cabbages, cassava, sweet potatoes, cocoyam, etc. By taking account of land preparation, soil conditions, irrigation systems, seed sowing, and seed rate, transplanting, manure, and proper harvesting techniques. Livestock such as goats, rabbits, chickens, and pigs and their economic benefits.

 

 

Agribusiness:

This session was aimed at building a business mindset in the participants. They were introduced to the importance of having a business plan and taking stock of their farms and the need to recruit labor as they grow.

 

Conclusion and recommendation

In general, there was a strong sense of appreciation articulated by the participants about being invited for the training. Participants were very engaged and enthusiastic about what they learned about sustainable agriculture, they highlighted that agriculture is their lifeline in food security and livelihood, they urged that future training be done often and should include more practical classes. Participants responded very positively throughout the training and expressed a strong desire to enhance their skills in sustainable agriculture.

 

Live empowerment credit also appreciated NASLA CEO for bringing his professionalism and life skills in community workshops, and his better mastery of local language to facilitate easy learning. They also recommend more practical skills and field visits from NASLA and requested the expansion of agricultural assistance to the participants to help boast their involvement and growth.

 

Closing

The training was concluded and closed by LECcoordinator who thanked all the participants for their participation, she also thanked NASLA CEO for his facilitation, which was successful and satisfactory, she was followed by some of the participants who gave their concluding remarks, they promise that they will put into practice what they have learned diligently in their day to day lives and work especially on basics of agricultural practice, growing vegetables/crops.

NASLA CEO Presenting at ROOTBIZ
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Network of Agric and Sustainable Leaders for Africa (NASLA)

Location: Bamenda, North West Region - Cameroon
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Tendong Ngweh
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