Farmer training is to be delivered by trainers from DAE, NGO and BADC. There may be other circumstances where trainers from other organizations, projects etc might be identified to deliver training. In all cases, if AAPI funds the training then it is recorded as an AAPI activity and the FMO is responsible for attendance and quality assurance of the training as well as accountable for all expenditure. The FMO is responsible to ensure that all guidelines are followed without exception. Any divergence must be immediately reported by the FMO to the Field Coordinator. If AAPI does not fund the training it is not recorded as an AAPI activity but should be recorded as a flow on impact eg. Training funded by a briquette owner, NGO or project.
Farmer Training will be conducted by the trainer (eg. in the case of DAE it will be the SAAO; NGOs will have designated trainers) under the supervision of an officer in charge eg. UAOs or NGO officials. Where the trainer is not available the FMOs will conduct the training. In case of contract growers training of BADC, the BADC trainer will deliver the training. Cooperation of DD (CG), AD (CG) BADC and Contract Grower Supervisors will be needed.
Briquette shop owners should be encouraged to invest farmer training. In this case the FMO will do the training but farmer selection and costs will be the responsibility of the briquette shop owners.
The following guidelines are mandatory for all farmers training:
Farmer training is designed for new farmers. There must not be any repeat farmers who have received training before, in any season.
Select only real farmers who are engaged in HYV or hybrid cultivation.
Ensure 25% participation of women farmers.
Set a training time schedule suitable & congenial for farmer's (especially women) participation.
Follow the flip chart systematically during farmers training.
Select a venue/class room suitable for farmers training (preferably in primary school & other venues with electricity facility)
Training is to be conducted by a trainer who has received TOT. In the case of DAE it is usually the SAAO's. The FMO's will look after overall management, budgeting and monitoring of quality.
Training will be daylong event (6 hours duration).
Training should cover farmers in all unions and blocks of Upazila where HYV/Hybrid is cultivated.
Briquette owners must visit the training class and given time to promote their shop and inform participants of name address and cell phone number. Their sale on the day to the farmers attending training will be conditional to their presence.
Ensure participation of IPM/ICM clubs, farmer's cooperatives, and other farmer's organizations in training.
Give preference to farmers training in road side blocks well as in their blocks.
Invite local people's representatives (Chairman/Members Union Parishad) to attend training programs occasionally on a voluntary basis.
Senior staff & FCs and officials of assigned 22 districts will visit training classes frequently.
An important part of the training is the field practice. At least 1 hour should be dedicated to the field practice. Use a method demonstration to ensure farmers can practice the point placement technique. Locate the method demonstration in a suitable plot near the training venue. The plot size should be adequate to allow practice by all the trainees. A site near the training venue needs to be prepared with seedlings transplanted in rows at the 20x20 cm spacing.
o The trainer first demonstrates the deep placement method - spacing and depth.
o Divide the trainees into 4 groups of ten and have each group practice the placement
In this method demonstration, FMO's/SAAOs/NGOs will also demonstrate the use of the applicator for placement of guti urea. Farmers should be given time to practice the application and offer their comments/feedback recorded.
Trainees should not be provided their allowance until the day is complete. Those not attending will forfeit their allowance.