An Giang, Vietnam—The Irrigated Rice Research Consortium (IRRC) held an exit workshop on 22 October 2012 to formally wrap up IRRC country outreach program activities in the province. The IRRC had been working closely with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of An Giang during its fourth phase (2009-12).
During the workshop, the People’s Committee of An Giang Province presented plaques and certificates of recognition to IRRC coordinator Grant Singleton and IRRI scientist Flor Palis for their contributions to the province.
Drs. Singleton and Palis were commended not only for their efforts in assisting with the development of the 1 Must Do, 5 Reductions program, but also for their engagement in a 2005-08 project on ecologically based rodent management among IRRI, the Plant Protection Department of An Giang, and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) Australia.
The 1 Must Do, 5 Reductions program, which was first implemented in 2009 in An Giang, encourages farmers to use certified seeds and reduce pesticide use, seed rate, fertilizer, water, and postharvest losses. In March 2012, the program received national certification for implementation, and farmers must apply these best practices to become certified as meeting standards for Rice Good Agricultural Practice.
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