Training of the trainers, who are primarily the extension staff of the GSF in all participating sub counties, is critical for GSF operations. Field demonstrations and capacity building of trainers, farmers and entrepreneurs, will help provide for a lack of professional post harvest extension staff in the focus sub-counties.
Establishing farmer learning platforms to provide training and demonstration programs for such technologies requires strategically deployed permanent sites where equipment is housed, demonstrated and maintained, and where farmers can come together to learn how to use and benefit from them. These staging areas will include well-established platforms for farmer associations/groups, such as the One community farmer Associations (OCAs) in Mubende and Wakiso, the Kasanda farmer association centers in Mubende.
The establishment of the Post harvest community Extension and Learning Platform (PHCELP) for various enterprises, identified through the needs’ assessment surveys, to start in 2019/20. The different platforms are now being equipped with the appropriate technology packages. The use, maintenance and management of the technologies are demonstrated – with a basic management course given to those interested in taking up the processes as a business enterprise.
In the process, the PHCELP is developing into a postharvest and trading center (PHTC) with the inclusion of warehousing and storage services, and farmers are linked to reliable markets. With the properly trained management team from the farmers’ group, the center should sustain its own operations.