Agricultural Research institute (NARI) has taken a paradigm shift in
agricultural development through the organisation of a three-day refresher
training for its researchers and technicians at Yundum NARI station.
The refresher training was aimed to equip the country’s agricultural research institution’s researchers and technicians with the requisite knowledge to deliver effectively and efficiently particularly for field workers who have direct link with farmers.
NARI is mandated to generate technologies and the ultimate focus of the refreshers training was basically on research, methodologies, experimental design, data collection technics, data handling at field and office levels, data interpretation analysis and report writing.
Acting Director of research at NARI Dr. Lamin B Sonko disclosed that Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nation funded the refresher training.
He explained that the sole mandate of NARI is to generate farming system technologies that farmers can use to solve their problems which are tried and tested in the fields.
He said NARI senior management deems it fitting to provide training to give the right information especially in the areas of data collection. “They need to have the requisite skills to handle this data and analyze them. The purpose is to ensure that the ultimate target for NARI producing technology is achieved.”
He declared that if the participant’s work is good, then the final result would be good too, saying this is a missing link that NARI now wants to re-activate. He said NARI first intended to conduct the training at the beginning of the rainy season before going into the field trial so that their field officers will be fully equipped on knowledge to be able to give accurate data from the fields that can be used to report accurate information.
According to him, their main aim is to expose the participants to the whole process of research from writing proposals to writing final reports. He said NARI has been delivering but their main challenge was visibility.
He further explained that the refresher training was on both theory and practical, appealing to farmers to adopt best practices as it will improve research results and improve farmers’ livelihood. He also advised the participants to take the refresher training serious, as the information generated would be important to their daily work.
He encouraged the participants to learn from the NARI veterans so that the skills generated will be maintained at NARI for continuity. He held that the aim is to improve food security that is the improvement of farmers’ livelihood in the rural areas, saying there is no way one can improve farming without technologies.
Director General of NARI Anusuman Jarju advised the participants to learn from the facilitators while emphasising the importance of the refreshers training to their daily work.