From 2rd to 6th November 2018, the Center for Development and Integration (CDI) held a training workshop on sustainable agriculture for nearly 40 farmers from northern mountainous area at VietFarm School, Tan Lap, Moc Chau, Son La. Trainers for this training were experts in organic and sustainable agriculture who have good experience and useful skills in the field.
Trainees were farmers from 6 production groups including tea, coffee, fruit and vegetable products in Son La and Lai Chau. At the workshop, groups were guided with detailed instructions on how to apply VietFarm standards in order to produce standardized products which meet domestic and foreign markets and ensure social and environmental sustainability. The groups also did an assessment of their current situation before making an action plan for future application of VietFarm standards.
Modern techniques required in sustainable argriculture production have been introduced as well, such as Shimamoto method and Japanese microbiological technology in agricultural production and treatment of agricultural waste. Other techniques which are advised to applied for clean agricultural cultivation like how to produce organic fertilizer, how to make organic pesticides, or methods to shift into organic farming… Beside new techniques transfer, farmers have been guided on how to use up their available resources in production such as treating grass as a good resource or taking advantage of available argricultural produces (lemongrass, garlic, chili…) to prevent pests and replace chemical fertilizers. Flexible methods at the training such as combination of knowledge provision and practice at the farm are fruitful for farmers so that they can at ease remember what have been trained and raise concerns when necessary. Learning by doing and close exchanging of knowledge and experience help farmers to learn well and apply in their farms right after the training.
Last but not least, farmers have an opportunity to get to know about agricultural start-up models, solutions to higher added value by value chain and solutions to upgrade their farms into models of agriculture tourism…
In a summary, the training is one of the important activities to transfer the necessary knowledge on sustainable agriculture as well as VietFarm standards to farmers. Moreover, trainers made a good inspiration on a sustainable agriculture where farmers have chance to higher value chains for their agricultural products, thereby improving their family income.
Some photos of the practical parts at VietFarm school:
Planting clean vegetable begins in clean soil.
How to make organic fertilizer
Grass is a good source for agricultura which is often forgotten by farmers.
Making baby tree by modern technique.