Capacity building of AIRN members
AIRN has trained 2564 retailers on agronomic products, agro-business management and ethics, safe and judicious use of agro-chemicals, and high density nutritious crops. In addition to formal training AIP has also organized seven local and two international study tours for 116 retailers. They received practical experience on agro-inputs business management, supply and best practices from local and international stakeholders.
In addition, AIRN has organized 341 demonstration plots for hands on learning of the retailers and farmers on quality agro-inputs and appropriate input application practices. Complying with USAID’s environmental requirements, the demonstration plots established exhibited a varietal performance of cabbage, cauliflower, tomato, brinjal, bottle gourd, bitter gourd, and chili. Pest and disease management of rice, maize, lentil, brinjal, and onion were also demonstrated in these demo plots.
Syngenta, ACI, Lal Teer Seed, BayerCrop Science and the USAID Ag Extension Project supported AIP to organize demonstrations. Approximately, 21,000 farmers (of which 2,500 were female) also got opportunity to learn from these demonstration plots.