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Farmers Equipped For Dry Season Through Training

Seven farmers in Vanua Levu are now better equipped to provide multi-nutritional supplementary feed (made up of local materials) to their livestock during the dry season. This is after International
22 Sep 2015 10:41
Farmers Equipped For Dry Season Through Training
Farmers who underwent training put cassava plants into a chaff cutter to be sliced as part of their practicles during their training in Bocalevu outside Labasa Town. Photo: SHRATIKA NAIDU

Seven farmers in Vanua Levu are now better equipped to provide multi-nutritional supplementary feed (made up of local materials) to their livestock during the dry season.

This is after International Trade Centre with Ministry of Agriculture conducted two weeks of training.

Each farmer is in-charge of a cluster of more than 15 farmers.

The seven trained are to pass on the knowledge gained from the training to their respective cluster farmers.

International Trade Centre Livestock project officer Wayne Lilo said the training has enabled more farmers in Vanua Levu to learn about livestock farming and supplementary feed.

“This multi nutritional block which is like a supplementary feed for livestock can be prepared by them and stored up to six months or longer as long as it is dried well,” Mr Lilo said.

He said during the drought season, these farmers can supply this supplementary feed to their livestock.

“The seven main farmers under this project are called ‘Lead farmers’ and they receive support to improve livestock related operations his or her farm and to provide training to the clusters,” Mr Lilo said.

He said also they received technical knowledge transfer in production, processing, marketing and business management.

Mr Lilo said the farmers were also informed about the market linkages and business management support, including record keeping.

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