Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Singapore: First rice-growing contest held

The first rice-growing competition in Singapore was held on 5 November 2012, in conjunction with World Food Day.

The competition, jointly organized by IRRI Fund and Science Centre Singapore, had the theme Agricultural cooperatives—key to feeding the world and sought to equip teachers with knowledge in the life sciences, particularly in rice biology and geography, and skills to initiate rice-growing as a project in the schools.
The inaugural competition was launched among 15 teachers in 10 schools in June 2012. IRRI supplied rice grains that teachers brought back to grow in their respective schools. The amount of rice grains harvested was a key criteria for the competition, along with a presentation by the students describing their experience and challenges in cultivating the rice crop and performing another creative task involving rice.

The finals, involving 2—Anglo-Chinese School and Dunman Secondary School—out of the 10 schools, were held on 5 November at the Science Centre Eco-lab. Both were finally announced as winners because of a tight competition will be rewarded with a study trip to IRRI.

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