FPC Kenya, Land O’ Lakes training benefits hundreds of farmers
Farmers in Kilungu in Makueni County, Ahero in Kisumu County, Nandi Hills in Nandi County, and Ekalakala in Machakos County have benefited from a training program conducted by the Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya (FPC Kenya), with the support of Land O’ Lake’s Venture 37 program by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The three-day training that was conducted in two phases has equipped over 800 farmers in the four counties with skills in good agricultural practices (G.A.P). With these skills, farmers in these regions will now be more G.A.P-compliant leading to increased production, improved food quality & safety standards, and reduced post-harvest losses, and this will ultimately improve their earnings from farming.
This training covered all aspects of G.A.P such as basic hygiene, workers’ health & safety, integrated pest management, safe and effective use of pesticides and fertilizers, documentation/record keeping, sampling and sample collections, equipment calibration, risk assessments, produce handling, traceability, water, energy & environmental conservation, complaints handling, product recall/withdrawal, stock control/mass balance/traceability, applying to certification bodies for certification, internal audits/assessments/inspections, land preparation and planting, crop production, crop protection systems, cold storage & temperature control, and lastly, supplier management.
Upon finishing the three-day training which was divided into eight cohorts, the farmers received a certificate of training. The first phase of training ran from 22nd November to 24th November 2022 covering two cohorts, and from 29th November to 1st December 2022 also covering two cohorts. Phase two of the training ran from 20th December to 22nd December 2022 for two cohorts, 10th January 2023 to 12th January 2023 for one cohort, and finally from 11th January 2023 to 13th January 2023 for the last cohort. Each cohort had approximately 100 farmers.
This training is delivered by the highly skilled technical and compliance personnel from FPC Kenya and by the end of the training, farmers will be equipped with the requisite skills to be able to implement good agricultural practices that would later lead to certification for the various acceptable standards in the sector such all Global G.A.P and KS 1758, which is a domestic standard for food safety.
We continue to partner with strategic development partners to deliver more training sessions and workshops of this kind in order to equip our members with practical industry-specific knowledge. This year, we intend to train thousands of farmers in G.A.P and help realize the horticulture industry’s target of producing high-quality and safe food.
Photo: Nandi Avocado Farmers’ Cooperative society limited members pose with their certificates after completing the training on Good Agricultural Practices at Nandi Hills. This is phase two of the training which started on 20th December and concluded on 22nd December 2022.
Above and below: Raphael Wafula from FPC Kenya delivers training to farmers in Ahero, Kisumu County phase two of the training sessions for good agricultural practices.