The HMBGPC conducted GAP training for 1000 cotton farmers in 19 villages of the Balkh district:
||# of Trainees
The owner of the factory , Haji Mohammad Balkh Ahmadzai:
“I have learned that keeping hard work in business makes the future better, for myself and other poor farmers , we will keep it up in the future “
The training covered preparation of land, seed types and selecting quality seeds, cultivation of cotton, various types of cultivation, irrigation, fertilizers, cotton diseases and applying chemicals, harvesting, storing and marketing cotton. The training was delivered to farmers in two half day sessions and at the end of training farmers were provided with leaflets and brochures.
Besides the training, the intervention included contract farming; as a result of this intervention the company has increased contract farming by 267%. The HMBJPC had around 30 contract cotton farmers in 2016 and after completing the GAP training and providing awareness to farmers about contract farming it successfully contracted with 80 farmers during 2017. All of these farmers are trained by HMBGPC. Under this contract, HMBGPC provided seed, fertilizer and cash and buys the cotton at the same price as that of the open market. Farmers return the cash loaned once their cotton has been sold. Contracts are made with farmers after their request, based on total agricultural land, land under cotton cultivation, past performance or ability to be able to pay back and reputation in the community. The contracted farmers can sell their products to HMBGPC or on the open market; there is no restriction on farmers.
Besides the above mentioned contracting system, HMBJPC initiated a special contract during 2017 specifically for the farmers who received GAP. Under this scheme about 300 farmers received 2 bags of fertilizers (one bag DAP and one bag UREA) on credit. Around 85% of farmers have already returned the money. These 300 farmers didn’t want seed or had already cultivated cotton, or they could pay for the seed themselves but wanted the fertilizer on credit.