A total of 539 trainees of the Program of Support to Rural Economic Growth (PACER) took part in Songhai training in Porto Novo and Parakou in the period from 2nd February to 14th March 2015 for a five-day training. Divided into groups, the first group in Porto-Novo was made of 96 people and took the training from 2nd to 6th February 2015. The second group consisted of 88 trainees from 16th to 20th February 2015 and the third group of 95 trainees stayed in Porto Novo from 2nd to 6th March 2015. In Parakou, they were 73 people in the first group; 93 in the second and 94 in the third group. The trainees stayed there respectively from 9 to 13 February 2015, from 23 to 27 February 2015 and from 10 to 14 March 2015. The training focused on vegetable fertilization techniques; the processing of soybean milk, cheese and mustard; seed production techniques; biological control (use of beneficial insects to destroy the bad ones, use of tobacco or neem against pests…).

On Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Songhai Ouando in Porto Novo, the last group of PACER trainees benefited from the presence of the Director of Songhai during the graduation ceremony held for them. Fr Nzamujo met with the trainees and promised to discuss with the heads of PACER, opportunities for training soon on the manual well drilling and pump manufacturing. Thus, every farmer will have on his farm, this well coming from an ancient technology in Latin America and for which only Songhai Centre in Benin holds the patent of manufacture. Very interested, the trainees urged the Director to meet with PACER as soon as possible to begin negotiations.


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