Transforming Communities in Katsyoha Kitomi Landscape through CSA and Sustainable Agronomic Practices

Under the People Partner with Nature for sustainable Living Program, NatureUganda organized a transformative training focused on enhancing the skills and knowledge of banana farmers, known as Trainers of Trainers (ToTs), in Rubirizi District. The aim is to strengthen the agricultural community by sharing valuable lessons and promoting sustainable agronomic practices for matooke (banana) farming.

During the training, banana farmers who have achieved remarkable success in terms of banana production shared their experiences. This knowledge exchange provided a platform for participants to learn from those who have already excelled in banana-growing.

One of the highlights of the training was the session conducted by, Jimmy Muheebwa, the programs Director – NatureUganda, who delivered comprehensive guidance on good agronomic practices specifically tailored for matooke cultivation. These practices encompassed various aspects of banana farming, including soil management, pest control, and sustainable farming techniques.

Practical sessions included participants taking part in activities such as constructing an “a-frame” for measuring water trenches. This practical exercise enabled the farmers to understand the importance of precise water management for optimal banana growth. Notably, women farmers participated enthusiastically, displaying their commitment to learning and implementing new techniques. Additionally, manure application techniques were demonstrated, emphasizing the significance of organic fertilizers for healthy and sustainable banana production.

The participants are expected to pass on their knowledge to fellow farmers in their respective communities. This approach ensures that the impact of the training reaches a wider audience, fostering sustainable farming practices throughout the region.

NatureUganda continues to play a crucial role in empowering farmers and promoting environmental conservation, creating a brighter and more sustainable future for local communities who lie at the frontline of nature conservation.