NETRAKONA: A total of 446 Farmers Field Schools (FFS), aimed at imparting training on modern agriculture technologies to field level farmers, have been set up in different villages of Netrokona district under a joint venture.
Sources concerned said with a view to increasing crop production through farm mechanization the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) has set up the FFS in 10 upazilas of district during the last five years, reports BSS.The Integrated Farm Management Component (IFMC) program of the government and DANIDA, a foreign funding agency, jointly implemented the project.
Under the project, at total of 22,200 farmers, including 11,571 females, were imparted training on producing toxicity free crops and vegetables cultivation, homestead gardening, pisciculture, cattle and poultry rearing, forming farmers society, socio-cultural activities and marketing of agricultural products and crops diversification.
Apart from this, each of the farmers trained at the FFS was provided with Taka 1500 as financial assistance for procuring different agricultural equipments, the sources added.
Deputy director of the DAE Netrakona M Habibur Rahman said these schools have been creating unique opportunities for the farmers to let them know about the modern methods of cultivation, crops diversification and different ways of improving their socio-economic condition.
Talking to BSS, over 50 farmers informed that during training at the schools they were acquainted with many modern cultivation methods to produce toxicity free crops and vegetables by reducing the production cost.