Speaking at the training, Alieu Sowe, coordinator of NACOFAG, said the training was held to enhance farmers’ capacity on agronomics best practices and put more focus and emphasis on rice production, from cultivation to down processing.
He described the training as very key as it was the third of its kind NACOFAG had supported.
He added that the training brought together about sixty farmers from different farmer organizations or communities.
According to Sowe, the ultimate objective of the training was to build the capacity, knowledge and skills of the farmers on agronomics best practices.
Over the past one month, NACOFAG had been collaborating with PIWAMP in building the capacity of farmers on best practices in rice production, he said, adding that tilling the land, post-harvest loss and value addition were also tackled at the training.
Mr Sowe further thanked the farmers for their understanding and readiness to share their knowledge with the participants, noting that one of the priorities of the training was farmer-to-farmer sharing of knowledge and experience.
He further noted that at the end of the day NACOFAG, in collaboration with PIWAMP, wants to see a good strategic plan set up in the next five years, as well as ensure there is best practice on agronomics.
He used the opportunity to thank NEMA for supporting NACOFAG in building the capacity of farmers to improve their agricultural production and productivity in the Gambia.