Jan 25, 2023
‘I realized that being a leader farmer I bear huge obligation towards the fellow farmers in my Farmer’s Group. It is imminent to work and grow together to improve our economic status. The refresher training this year has been as insightful as the previous year’s training. I am even more motivated and energized to go back to my place to help other fellow farmers as much as I can. ”- Kabita Kunwar, Leader Farmer, Bindabasini FG, Sunkoshi.
Today is the second day of the Residential Refresher Leader Farmer Training. The first session aimed at enhancing the leader farmer’s technical knowledge on insect pest identification in vegetables especially tomato, crucifers, and cucurbits through an intensely interactive discussion by Mr. Dinesh Babu Tiwari, Senior Plant Protection Officer, Department of Agriculture. In addition, Mr. Jaya Ram Sigdel, Social Worker, and a Trader from Banepa shared his personal experience as a trader in the country which although revealed a harsh reflection of the farmer’s status in the country, but also drove the leader farmer participants to be optimistic. Building on to this, the final session by Mr. Umesh Sapkota, Horticulture Development Officer, Agriculture Knowledge Center, Kavre, stimulated the discussion reverting to the main argument that farmers should work in union to obtain benefits such as government subsidies and insurance, to uplift their status.
A short drama prepared by the technical team of PIWAAI at the end of the day restored the importance of the leader farmer’s roles, which consequently can be catalyst in establishing the collection centers as significant assets of farmers to elevate economic gains from commercial agriculture.
The final day of the Refresher Leader Farmer will take the 28 leader farmer participants to Dhading to observe the commercial farms which is an indispensable part of ISAP’s training.
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