Action Aid International has trained women from different sectors of Nyanza district on sustainable farming in a two-day training that aims at preserving the environment
This comes after some artificial fertilizers and pesticides like DDT and Dethane used on crops to kill pests were proved to be harmful to the environment and human lives.
According to Action Aid, sustainable agriculture is the efficient production of safe, high quality agricultural products, in a way that protects and improves the natural environment, the social and economic conditions of farmers, their employees and local communities, and safeguards the health and welfare of all farmed species.
The training that started November 26th 2013 and ended on November 28th 2013 was held at Hotel Heritage in Nyanza town where women women who deal in farming activities in Nyanza district gathered.
Jean Marie Vianney Rukundo, an agriculture expert and the trainer says that women should practice sustainable farming in order to protect the environment.
“Using pesticides is important but some of them are harmful to the environment and human health,” He says
During the training, women were told that sustainable farming prevents a lot of problems that emanate from using artificial fertilizers and pesticides on crops before or after harvest.
Rukundo explains that food crops on international markets are sold differently depending on the method used in growing. Modern grown food costs less than traditionally grown food.
“For instance, an egg of a traditional chicken is more nutritious than an egg of a modern chicken.”
Participants stress that training will help them improve on farming and protecting the environment.