Tuesday, November 6, 2012

27 attend post-production-to-market course

The 2-week Rice: Post-Production to Market course was conducted at IRRI Headquarters on 22 October-2 November 2012, with 27 participants from research, extension, NGO, and private sectors signed up to look into the critical issues and challenges in rice post-production.

The course will enhance capability of participants to (1) identify and measure losses in the post-production chain from harvest to market; (2) evaluate technology options for harvesting, threshing, drying, storage, and milling of paddy; and (3) learn the use of methodologies and tools to assess local postharvest chains and use business plans to introduce and scale out postharvest options.

Trainees came from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cameroon, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Thailand, Timor Leste, and United States of America.

The course was conducted in lectures, informal discussions, and hands-on exercises aimed to help participants gain skills necessary for them to become certified basic postharvest trainers themselves.

Twenty-five of the participants each took a certification exam at the end of the training course and passed. 

The course was conducted by the Postharvest Unit of IRRI's Crop and Environmental Sciences Division and the IRRI Training Center.

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