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Under the guidance of Rev.Fr. Geron De Lima, Director, Caritas Batticaloa – EHED organized a 2-day capacity building and a training programme on 10th and 11th January 2017 for the farmers under the project titled, “Substantiation of Community Institutions for Sustainable Agriculture to Ensure Food Security”.
This programme is part of the project activities funded by Caritas Norway since 2013, aimed at safeguarding food security of 5,500 subsistence farmer households.
The day one of the training workshop held at the Training Centre of Department of Agriculture, Sathurucondan, Batticaloa focused on the measures of disaster preparedness and was facilitated by Mr. A. Inparajah, Assistant Director, Disaster Management Centre, Batticaloa. He spoke on the aspects such as accelerated climate trends, impending hazards and reasons behind the current drought conditions that have impacted adversely on the agricultural activities in the region.
To mitigate the adverse effects, the participated farmers were equipped with water saving techniques, low-cost drip irrigation systems with discarded items and techniques to adopt in home gardening, especially during floods conditions. He suggested to deploy the elevated platforms for planting papaw seeds and gave instructions on mixing compost to improve the soil conditions in such a challenging climate atmosphere.------A group of 46 farmers participated in the first day of the workshop.
Training on Advocacy and Lobbying was the focus of the following day workshop held at the EHED Auditorium. Mr. A.R Croos, Community Development Officer & Assistant Commissioner to the Local Government Department conducted the programme for a group of 48 farmers present.
During the workshop, the participants were introduced with problem identification and problem solving processes and enlightened them on the action oriented interventions such as filtering possible solutions, creating an action plan for the best possible solutions, writing letters and campaigning for action and constant engagement with the individuals who could influence the change, until they arrive at a solution to the issue.
Meanwhile at the workshop, the participants identified the scarcity of water for drinking and agricultural purposes as a major problem they face in their day-to-day lives. Exemplifying the skills and techniques they learnt at the workshop, the farmers demonstrated how they would engage in problem solving process, by writing letters to the relevant regional office bearers in the local government departments and making careful and necessary follow-ups.