In the second week of the "Train the Trainer", the participants were lectured on the identification of plant pests and diseases.
Our reporter visited the session and interviewed the Zimbabwe Development Democracy Trust (ZDDT) Horticulture Consultant, Yvonne Berkhout, who said:
"This week we will be focusing on pests and diseases control. We started off with a practical walk around the garden and all participants found different insects and diseases on plants. We discussed the use of chemicals, prevention and spraying programmes. We also talked about economically significant pests, particularly Red Spider Mite, Tuta Absoluta and Locusts.
"Today's session was absolutely amazing as the members were inquisitive and vibrant. I hope they take this knowledge back to their gardens and in that way we will see a huge improvement in crop quality."
With the support of Sally Foundation and GDG, such training forms part of the trust's programme to increase production at the various project sites across the townships of Bulawayo in an effort to improve the quality of life of those living in impoverished communities.
It is ZDDT's vision to see people making informed choices and contributing effectively to personal and national growth.