In 2011 SIRDI was confident that the methodology of the farmer field school was ideal to assist in reaching to farmers in a way that is effective and promoting change through innovation and for farmers to experience it, be convinced and become agents of promotion and change.
SIRDI developed its work activities primarily focused on support to cane farmers through technical assistance. The objective was to initiate a program with recommendation and implementation of good planting and management practices to improve productivity, efficiency and competitiveness of the sector.
The sessions are spread in a period of time as a normal crop cycle, particularly to coincide when the timely activities are due in a normal field management program. The training package was developed to address the topics of a complete production cycle which included from site selection to post harvest management which is executed in modules.
The Farmer Field School training program is centered around the practical hands on methodology and sharing of experiences and is proving to be an excellent program and there is a growing interest from other farmers to participate. Each module is developed with approx. 25 farmers from different villages gathered in one acre plots here farmers learn about the new options and apply them .The practical exercises are the main training and learning component for the content of the modules.
The curriculum is developed with the farmers having a total of nine (9) modules being the following: