After learning bund building and paddy plot construction Amabest oversees a goodly turnout from Manays, Makelekos, RoGbin and RoGbaran for Hope Sakuma's farmer field school, resuming with training on transplanting and fertilizing rice seedlings.
Project coordinator Amabest explains the programme objectives and the new nature-based system to improve rice yield and reduce farmers input costs and planet-warming CO2 emissions.
Then esteemed IVS rice specialist, Mohammed Turay from JICA makes a welcome return teaching the ladies the rice life-cycle before a break for lunch and then an afternoon of puddling the paddy awaits the Ladies!
Hope Sakuma's farmer field school continues with an afternoon of paddy puddling and the ladies make a grand job indeed of puddling this paddy, breaking up the clods of earth dug and turned by the gentlemen, working in the biochar with their feet and as you can see with Amabests encouragement thoroughly enjoying themselves learning the art of paddy puddling!
A round of applause from the Ladies for Mariama successfully delivering her very first field lesson for Hope Sakuma, empowered by Mohammed JICA and Amabest, explaining how the Ladies can profit from their labour and benefit every community before recapping on yesterdays' lessons, before the Ladies (and one or two gentlemen) begin dibbing hoes and carefully transplanting bunches of fresh green rice seedlings, they planted an dnursed themselves in precision rows with Amabest and Mohammed JICA on hand providing advice and encouragement.