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For starters we looked at the [rice seed]bed preparation and transplantation combined together and the weed management part. These have been compressed into three minute videos, may not be as lovely as the original but getting them summarized is not a simple task. On the other hand we are using the videos as reference materials and we have also been trying to make out some JPEGS for soil fertility issues that can be put on the data bank to be accessed by the whole network of Community Knowledge Workers (CKW). We have not had the chance to show the whole video to the farmers but we are looking at providing these videos to some of the super CKWs (lead community workers) in the rice growing area in Gulu so that they can show this to the farmers.

Annette Bogere, Grameen Foundation, Uganda

 

I am pleased to have seen this film as the producers in our village will start caring much better for their rice seed to obtain good crops. As such it has given us courage, we rice traders, to keep on buying paddy from them to resell, and this will give us joy.

Affoussath, trader, Oroukayo, Benin

 

“Some people asked to watch the video a second time, whereas still others wanted to have a copy of their own, so they can watch at their own convenience.

Germain Zossoungbo, NGO Un Monde, Benin

 

Farmers were excited to see what other countries do compared to their own methods and it was also an eye opener to see Asian farmers who have grown rice for centuries use simple methods of seed handling. Every sub-county where the video was shown had a resource center equipped with TV and video deck.

Robert Anyang, APEP, Uganda

 

According to the facilitators, watching the videos on seed has stimulated them to start looking for local solutions to common problems that farmers face. It is by drawing on local knowledge that sustainable solutions can often be found at almost no cost. They did not say they are going to copy all what they saw, but they will apply the most essential.

Louis Béavogui, IRAG, Guinea

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