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Soybean demo training attracts farmers

2 June 2017 SILT: The delay in the rains in many parts of Tanzania during the soybean planting season meant that around half of the demo plots were planted up to 6 weeks later than normal. Usually  farming season in the Southern Highlands starts from November/December  but this year it was as late as January. This was a salutary reminder for the SILT team of the impact of climate uncertainty on small-scale farmers in Africa. In the north the season started in Feb/March. The soybean demonstration training days will happen in early July 2017 in the north.

David Kijazi, the AFAP project manager responsible for the SILT demonstration plots explains:

“We have completed the training at the demonstration plots in the Southern Highlands – the final training will happen in early July, reflecting the very different times that planting could take place. Soybean needs to be planted when the ground is moist but after planting too much rain can be as challenging for farmers as too little.”

The attendance figures for the soybean demonstration plots are listed below broken down by location and gender.

In summary the 2017 soybean demonstration training days held in the Southern Highlands attracted:

  • 549 farmers of overall, of which
  • 335 (61%) were men
  • 214 (39%) were women
  • 305 (48%)  were under 35

In 2016 common bean was the crop being demonstrated - the training days held in the Southern Highlands attracted:

  • 245 farmers overall, of which
  • 153 (62%) were men
  • 92 (38%) were women
  • 191 (78%) were estimated to be under 35

David Kijazi continues: “we work with the local extension teams to recruit the farmers to come to the demonstration plots. This year we saw a big increase in the numbers attending, whilst the proportion of men and women stayed the same. We were more rigorous in the way that we collected data on the attenders especially age data.  Whilst it appears we attracted less farmers under 35, this may be a function of the way we collected the data.

We need to explore further why more people came to the training this year. Soybean is a more complicated crop to grow and so it may appeal to more experienced farmers and more farmers want to pick up skills in this area.”

 

AFAB soybean demo Isuka-2 May 2017AFPA soybean demo training Sangara-3 May 2017

AFAP soybean demo 2017 Madaba-25 April 2017

Photos from  AFAP soybean training sessions 2017: Top left Isuka 2 May; top right Sangara 3 May; bottom left Isuka 2 May and bottom right Madaba 25 April [Photos credit: AFAP]

Region, District, Village  Farmers attending field day 2017  Other promotional activity
Male   Female Total including youth Youths Receiving soybean planting leaflets Estimated number of people who have passed at soy bean demo plots in a season
Southern Highlands
Ruvuma,Namtumbo, Namanguli 74 (65%) 40 (35%) 114 23 70 280
Ruvuma,Madaba, Madaba 22 (82%)  5 (18%) 27  NK 0 685
Njombe, Makambako Town Council, Usetule 89 (61%) 56 (39%) 145 120 0 325
Njombe, Makete, N’gonde 18 (62%) 11(38%) 29 88 0 175
Mbeya, Mbeya District Council, Mapogolo 38 (49%) 39 (51%) 77 20 78 435
Mbeya, Chunya, Chalangwa 37 (66%) 19 (34%) 56 21 90 440
Iringa, Iringa District Council, Kiponzelo 38 (76%) 12 (24%) 50 18 60 480
Iringa, Kilolo, Isuka 19 (37%) 32 (63%) 51 15 0 210
Total South  335 (61%) 214 (39%) 549 305 (48%) 298 3030
Average South 42 27 69 43

75 – at 4 locations where given out 

37 overall 

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