Indian spice farmers train African farmers in cultivation practices

29 January 2016
ITC News
Ginger and turmeric farmers and processors from Ethiopia and Rwanda learn cultivation techniques from Indian experts through the SITA project.

A team of ginger and turmeric farmers and processors from Ethiopia and Rwanda are now equipped with skills to better cultivate their spices after training with Indian experts, through a workshop organized by the International Trade Centre (ITC).

Under ITC’s Supporting Indian Trade and Investment for Africa (SITA) project, the African farmers travelled to South India for a seven-day workshop to learn the best practices of ginger and turmeric cultivation. The trainings took place in Kochi, Kerala and Tamilnadu.

Rwanda is a landlocked country with limited land, and the government and business community are looking to spread the cultivation of high-value cash crops. Ethiopia is suffering a sharp decrease in production due to the outbreak of bacterial disease.

SITA team member Irene Ebrahimi shares her experience in the training programme. To read more about the seven-day journey, follow ‘The Voices of SITA’ blog.