Blue Gold Programme finished its 6th cycle Farmer Field Schools (FFS) on Homestead vegetables, Poultry and Nutrition module at Khulna, Sathkira and Patuakhali districts. After the production cycle a total of 88 farmer field days were organized at Polder 29, 26, 31-part , 2, 43/2B and 43/1A . A total of 11650 Farmers attended those events. Among them 4091 were male and 7559 were female. A field day is a large event for farmers to disseminate the on farm learning among the larger community and motivating other farmers of the WMG for adopting such technology.
All events took place nearby the FFS areas. Four model booths were established to display the FFS learning. The booths were on homestead vegetable and fruit production, back-yard poultry rearing, integrated pest management and nutrition. Nutrition booth focused on first 1000 days nutrition management for a human being. All booths were visited by the participants and the graduated farmer explained their learning to the visitors. The visiting farmers enthusiastically expressed their queries on different displayed technologies; its importance and how it is useful for increasing production.
In some cases short drama, songs and acting were created a festive mood at the events. Even local government election did not hamper the presence of farmer at field day.
Attended Upazilla Agricultural Officer, Upazila Livestock Officer and Sub Assistant Agricultural Officers (SAAO) appreciated the Blue Gold activities and advised farmer to continue their learning so that larger community can get benefit from their learning. Local Government representatives, members of the Water Management Groups (WMG) felt encouraged to be active partners of Blue Gold’s endeavor in helping farmers extend the horizon of their knowledge required for attaining food security.