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Diseases are present in most farms, but with simple measures and practices one can reduce them significantly IMAGE:Soil&More
Controlling pests and diseases can get maximum crop production and prevent loss.
Kastom Gaden Association conducted two trainings in Pests & Diseases Management in response to various concerns raised by farmers at the Solomon Islands Platform Meeting last year.
Pest & Disease Consultant, Lawerence Atu addressed various issues including soil and plant nutrition, understanding common pests and diseases of agriculture crops, and the application of management practices in controlling pests and diseases.
Farmers were also trained to operate a knapsack sprayer where it is expected that participants will return to their communities and share their knowledge with their family farming groups.
Two trainings was conducted in Popoloi and Arulighho in Guadalcanal, where 42 farmer organisation leaders attended the training. Twenty-seven youths made up more than half of the participants at the training.
The capacity building exercise was funded by the Farmers’ Organizations for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific – FO4ACP Programme, a joint partnership between the European Union, Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (PIFON).