Having modern farm equipment is one (good) thing. However, one still has to be able to put it to good use, repair it when it fails, and ensure its maintenance so as to even prevent occurrences of failure.
PADFA rightly thought of this situation in its plan for strengthening the farmers’ technical capacities for the Bamenda Antenna, and organized a training session to this end in Obang (NW) for 9 members of 3 cooperatives of the Region: Obang, Agulli and Mbu. The objective was to get them to become « repairing artisans » with the on-field ability to manage and maintain the tillers, hullers and tricycles that most of their groups had previously been granted by PADFA.
The session first consisted in a theoretical phase: the animators (STs of the Antenna) presented simplified schemas of the equipment to the learners, in order to familiarize them with the somewhat complicated technical terms to be used during the exchanges. The practical phase followed: they were shown (in real time) the different parts of a huller and their function (with this type of explanation: “the side of the belt that connects the motor to the huller must be protected in order to avoid possible cut-off accidents” etc.); Ditto for the diesel engine of the tiller, its operation and preparation for plowing. Not to mention the start-up and maintenance of machines after use, for a better durability.
All in all, it was a fruitful session, even for the 4 participants who could barely read the fact sheets: they were excellent in practical demonstration manipulations.
At the end of the training, a plan for restitution of this knowledge by the participants in their respective cooperatives was drawn up.