IPM Training Improves Rice Yield and Input Saving
The Sub Plant Protection Departments of three provinces together with the Southern Regional Plant Protection Centre of the Plant Protection Department supported by GIZ and Croplife International, seek to strengthen knowledge and skills of government extension staff members, farmers and pesticide retailers on Integrated Pest Management (IPM). As a component of BRIA Viet Nam, the IPM project consists of two main activities: Training of Trainers (ToT) and direct training of farmers and retailers. In the ToT completed earlier last year, 39 plant protection staff members were trained in IPM technical knowledge and application skills. These specialists will serve as Master Trainers for both the training of farmers and retailers during the next rice growing seasons.
The first Direct Farmer Training started in November 2015 to January 2016, for testing the training contents developed during the formation of Master Trainers. The training curriculum for farmers is based on 12 modules corresponding to the rice growth stages. The first group of 210 farmers was trained in 12 weekly lessons during the rice cropping season.
GIZ, Croplife International together with Plant Protection Department will continue to conduct training for over 1,000 farmers in the Summer/Autumn and the Autumn/Winter seasons in 2016. Additionally, the directly trained farmers are expected to share their knowledge with other farmers in their neighborhood, and with families and friends.
The training for retailers is being organized between two rice growing seasons. It consists of 8 modules with specific information for retailers. Thus, they would be enabled to provide proper advice to their farmer customers.
By Kamol Taukitphaisarn, BRIA Communication, BRIA