Whaooow… was the expression, splendid is the conclusion. The much anticipated FADAMA Rice Farming Training has come and gone but it still leaves a lot on the lips and hearts of those that attended. Allow me to briefly share it with you in their own words:
“Real and informative. I particularly like the idea of moving the project from theory to practical” – Kunle Adenuga
“ The program was very educative, the most interesting part is switching into action immediately’’ – Basil John Igwilo
“Deep yet diverse. Excellent” – Toba Livingfont
Others had one or two things to say about the training but space will not allow me to list it all out here for you. If you were not there, you really missed a lot.
The day started off with the opening prayers, introduction and attendees expectation on what they will like to go home with after the training. We then immediately moved on to the main reason for the training, which was wonderfully handled by the main speaker for the day, Mr David Segbenu.
He started off with exposing participants to the huge income and profit they can make from rice farming processes in general. He explained this with powerful statistics on the rate of consumption of rice in Nigeria, the different ways rice farming is done and why rice in itself is a major income source generation for anyone who ventures into its production. He then went ahead to show the different steps involved in the commencement of rice farming. From the land acquisition, land clearing and preparation, the type of land that can yield massive harvest to the carefully selected and best way to prevent pests and other farm rodents from destroying the farm. The final lap of the teaching ended on a more practical breakdown of the feasibility report to see in real terms what it will cost to startup and the profit that can be gotten after all cost incurred has been deducted.
After this first round of teaching, there was a little break to allow for questions and answers, in order for him to ensure everyone was fully on the same page with his teaching and clear every one’s doubt on the profitability of going into rice farming. It was all answered and that led to the second part of the training which was the practical session on how to start up immediately in groups as required by FADAMA.
This section was handled effectively well by our CEO/MD, MeritChoice Limited, Mr Gbeminiyi Oluwabusola. He started up by shedding more light on the essence of the training and how everyone who was available can immediately start up the process of getting the required assistance from FADAMA through the umbrella body; MeritChoice Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society Limited (MMCSL). Attendees that were not already a part of the cooperative were encouraged to do so. Click here to be part of the best agric forum in Nigeria
Participants were also introduced to the other agricultural projects that is currently going on through the Agriculture forum of MeritChoice Entrepreneurs Network (MENET). Click here to take a look at it too:
To round up the day’s training, participants were shared into small groups of 10 members each, to facilitate the adherence to FADAMA’s support system processes. Each group met and they selected their representatives (President, Secretary and Treasurer). The groups then had some discussion sections on how to begin the whole process as listed in the first part of the teachings and to ensure that work begins immediately on what was taught.
For the benefit of those that were not around and will like to be part of this movement too, the training was covered and the video will be made available in due time.