A DELEGATION of African nations paid a visit to Yanco Agricultural Institute last week to learn techniques and tricks to better ensure crop viability and sustainability in their countries.
The group was taking part in a tour of the area with the University of Sydney thanks to funding from AusAID.
Peter Ampt, from the University of Sydney agriculture and environment faculty, joined the group on its tour and said the information gathered was vital for improving techniques when it came to storing crops.
“These people are professionals within agriculture industries in Africa … hopefully they will take back what they learn and apply it,” he said.
“In Africa, crop losses are very high after harvest because of a number of factors.
“Some farmers are forced to sell quickly without searching for the best price available because of quality.
“What they are being shown is how farmers can modify some of their processes to achieve a better result.”
The delegates travelled to Australia from places such as Tanzania, Ghana and South Africa.
Mr Ampt said the group was the second to visit the institute, with two more to follow.
“It’s important we develop a working relationship with these countries so we can help improve their methods,” he said.
“The main things we want to focus on with them are storage, quality, education and what is the best approach for each individual.
“They will link up with each other when they are back in Africa and develop working relationships.”
AN AUSAID post-harvest group tour of Yanco Agricultural Institute took place last Wednesday, with cereal chemist Rachelle Ward (right) leading a discussion on ways to sustain grains after harvest with (from left) Eiman Ahmed (Sudan), Batholomew Sey (Ghana), Moses Bayinga (Tanzania), Francis Agyekum (Ghana) and Isaac Bayor (Ghana).
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