The UNDP-SDP held a capacity building workshop on Best Practices in Horticulture Technologies for farmers in the SPEDU region.

The objective of the workshop was to impart awareness and knowledge on best practice horticulture technologies for improved productive output and economic efficiency of farming enterprises. The training was attended by 50 participants, 20 of whom were farmers on the NAPRO supply chain, together with other UNDP stakeholders in the agri-business sector such as the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security, SPEDU, NAPRO, the Poverty Eradication Coordination Unit (PECU), Local Enterprise Authority (LEA), First National Bank Botswana (FNBB) and the SDP Consultants working in the region.

Farmers were taken through lessons on irrigation methods and their investments costs; sustainability and climate smart agriculture; crop production in controlled environments; managing a seedling nursery; soil health testing; plant pests and diseases; and scaling an agribusiness. The training was advanced through a 2-day classroom session followed by a 1-day farm tour and soil test demonstration at Ratoccs Farms in Ditladi, owned by a female SDP Year 1 Supplier.

The official opening of the training was conducted by Honorouble Assistant Minister for Agricultural Development and Food Security Molebatsi Molebatsi who acknowledged the developmental partnership role played by UNDP in growing the economy of Botswana through various initiatives.

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