Eye-opening training program in the Netherlands for Bangladeshi master farmers

Eye-opening training program in the Netherlands for Bangladeshi master farmers

Participants from Bangladesh Poultry Industry Central Council, Provita Feeds Ltd, Paragon Poultry, and UK Bangla took part in a two-week learning by doing a training program in the Netherlands. The training program was facilitated by the public-private partnership PoultryTechBangladesh.

The PoultryTechBangladesh partnership consists of leading Dutch and Bangladeshi companies active in various parts of the poultry value chain. The partnership aims to strengthen business relations between stakeholders in the Dutch and Bangladeshi poultry value chain, resulting in increased trade, investment, and cooperation and contributing to a more competitive and sustainable poultry sector in Bangladesh. The program is co-funded by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. Larive International and LightCastle Partners are the coordinating partners of the consortium.

One of the core objectives of PoultryTechBangladesh is to build the capacity of the poultry value chain actors of Bangladesh through knowledge transfer via a Train the Trainer model.

Over the past two years, Aeres Training Centre International, a member of the program, has conducted two extensive training sessions with Master Farmers from market leaders such as Nourish Poultry & Hatchery Limited, Kazi Farms Limited, and Aftab Bahumukhi Farms Limited in Bangladesh. As a follow-up to these capacity-building sessions and for a more practical understanding, Aeres Training Centre has hosted a two-week training program on their campus at Barneveld, Netherlands this quarter.

“In Bangladesh, we learn in a classroom setting. The learning-by-doing education system of Aeres is different. You learn better without needing to go through many books. This system will be very helpful for knowledge transfer in Bangladesh.” – Participating trainee

The training curriculum is broadly focused on brooding, bio-security management, efficient farming practices, data recording and analysis, poultry health, feed formulation, and management. Apart from theoretical training, the sessions are designed to improve the didactic skills of the master farmers as well to ease their knowledge transfer to the root-level farmers in Bangladesh. Furthermore, to receive hands-on experience in international poultry farming practices, the participants were taken to Germany for farm visits and extended capacity building.

“I will remember this forever”. – Participating trainee

The training has been held at the Aeres Training Centre campus which gives the participants access to other individuals from Africa, Asia, and Europe to share their insights and improve their cross-cultural communication skills and knowledge exchange.

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