In April 2017, Life and Peace Development organization (LAPDO) was contracted by MADE to provide consultancy services under a project titled “Working with LAPDO to facilitate activities in MADE Cassava Intervention activities – Good Agronomic Practices, BASICS Seed Commercialization and Grits Aggregation for AFEX Commodity Exchange” for smallholders farmers in Edo and Ondo State respectively.
This intervention seeks to ensure that the flow of information and knowledge on GAP and corresponding supply of inputs and services demanded by smallholder farmers are met by suitable and reliable market players which ultimately will increase the yield of cassava farmers substantially. For detailed and accurate execution of the contract, the project was segmented into 4 quarters‘with deliverables 1 – 4 and the milestone therein to achieve within their due dates.
Immediately after the KR/TA training in Akure, filed activities to setup demo plots began in earnest. Organic fertilizer and other treatment product, herbicides other accessories such as tapes, spraying knapsack etc were provided to the TAs to commence work. Since capacity building for farmers are dimmed less effective when conducted outside of the farm, setting up the demo was seen by all the KRs/TAs as the best way to imbibe GAP (Land preparation,Stem Handling, stem Cutting, Stem treatment, Land treatment, Planting method/positioning of stem, Use of herbicide/spraying process, Treatment Application) skills within the farming communities in the two state. At the end of the month of November , MADE officials visited town to take their GPs coordinate and interview them. Few farmers visited were send messages who are to be trained on seed multiplication.
The Agro-Input companies selected for this programme are Contec Global Agro Ltd. Contec provided Organic fertilizers, the companies participated fully in the training of the TAs/KRs. Their products were used by the farmers throughout the duration of the programme.
Consequently, the awareness created for the products has elicited great interest in the products by the farmers as many of them have started purchasing and applying them in their farms hoping to use the products much more during the next planting season. A market opportunity for the Agro-Input companies.
- As a result of the GAP training activities, some positive outcomes have been recorded as many farmers who were part of the training have adopted GAP in their personal farms while some others who did not take part in the GAP have copied.
Some are hoping to adopt in the next planting season due to the fact that some have already planted before the cassava GAP intervention.
- No of Demo Plots set-up
The total number of demonstration farms set-up 171 Demos
The total farmer out-reach this quarter is 6005.
53% female and 47% male
- Another success story is that much more farmers than targeted were reached.
- Mr. Tayo Olwomotin who was also a farmer trained in the MADE intervention on cassava, who also adopted the GAP training on cassava by practicing it on his farm. With the assistance of the TA working in the LGA, he was able to apply the fertilizer on his farm usingDuring a brief interview with him, he said there was different in the growth of his cassava compared to last year, due the fact that some cassava bacteria affected the leaf thereby reducing the yield but with the use of fertilizer the cassava growth has really increased. He also mentioned that, he was able to manage the weed in his farm due to the pre emergence he used on his farm. He was grateful to God for bringing this knowledge to him and he will also spread the GAP to other farmers.