On May 7th, our local partners from the District Agriculture and Forestry Office (DAFO) in Bolikhan district, visited our office at the Faculty of Agriculture in Nabong, to participate in a Training of Trainers on cricket rearing. During the training, which was facilitated by Faculty member Ajarn Bounpheng, the DAFO officers learned how to train local farmers on setting up and managing a small scale cricket farm. Two agriculture students from the faculty joined the training as well, which is part of their project practicum with VWB. Together with the DAFO officers, they will train and support the participants of VWB’s Insect for Nutrition project in the neighbouring Bolikhmamxay province.
After the training at the faculty, the ToT participants visited together with the project manager, Thomas, a cricket farm for more practical learning experiences. They used the opportunity to ask the cricket farmer many questions about rearing techniques, feed, and cage equipment.
On the following day, the ToT participants developed together training materials and conducted a test training with Ajarn Bounpheng and Thomas. As a final part of their ToT, they will join a farmer-2-farmer exchange visit and see two more cricket farms.
On May8th, VWB conducted a business training for the Primary Animal Health Workers (PAHWs). The PAHWs learned basic bookkeeping skills, such as using a cash book, calculating the pricing of products and services, and keeping track of loans. These bookkeeping skills will help them to manage their business more effectively, increase their incomes, and improve animal health services in their villages. In the next training module, the PAHWs will learn how to use a cash flow plan, and how to promote and market their business.