Farmers’ training is the ability of impacting technical knowledge about farming to farmers basing on their major field of interest. Farmers’ training involves two major aspects: theoretical and practical.
Theoretical involves extension education. Majority of the time, it is done in class or the farmers receive visits from the extension educator on their own farms. Practical training follows the theoretical and involves demonstration whereby farmers are allows to put unto practice what they have gained from the theory work.
Major steps to consider when organizing a farmers training include:
Identifying the topic you want to train your farmers on and research it thoroughly.
Inform your farmers of the opportunity through advertisements, cellphones and word of mouth.
On training days. Show your farmers what is on the ground or what progress has already been made.
Assemble your farmers and share with them the knowledge you wish to pass along,
Continue on with demonstrations if possible or necessary
Aspects to consider when training a farmer:
You must know what he or she want to gain from the extended knowledge they will receive
Move from the unknown to the known and allow the trainees input and include additional information and build confidence
Avoid distraction and emphasize the aspect of sharing.
Encourage farmers to ask questions
To capture and hold the interest of the farmers, be cautious of the period of time dedicated to both theoretical and practical in order to hold their attention.