Training programs on postharvest loss
minimization and storage were conducted in Ethiopia.
A study revealed there were
major problems in postharvest losses and storage.
Information and knowledge did not appear to reach
most farmers. Extension workers were busy collecting
taxes for the government rather than helping farmers
use sustainable agricultural practices and food
production. Cooperative managers and promoters
acknowledged that many barriers blocked the flow of
information gained in the training programs for the
grassroots farmers. Poverty, limited knowledge
resources, infrastructure, poor government
land policies, drought and starvation were some
limiting factors to the adoption of sustainable
agricultural practices for postharvest loss
minimization and storage. multidisciplinary team of
experts could train cooperative managers, promoters
and extension agents through formal and non-formal
educational programs such as workshops, seminars and
in-house training programs. Information and
knowledge thus gained would be used to train staff
in cooperative stores and farmer leaders who will in
turn help to train farmers at the grassroots.