Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Myanmar: Partners in Ayeyarwaddy Delta get help on data management

A training program on management of field and data from on-farm trials in the Ayeyarwady Delta in Myanmar was recently held for IRRI's partners under a project supported through the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust (LIFT) Fund.

The activity was a follow-up to the participatory adaptive research training program held on 15-21 September 2012 for local partners in Labutta, Bogale, and Mawlamliyegnum townships.

Participatory varietal selection (PVS) trials and seed systems of stress-tolerant rice are components of the IRRI project supported through the LIFT Fund. Through the program, participants’ skills improve in using statistical tools to analyze experimental data (agronomic, preference, and sensory evaluation) from on-farm PVS trials. Field management techniques in on-farm PVS trials were also reviewed.

Sixteen participants from the IRRI project, Ministry of Agriculture in Bogale, and NGO partners from the Delta such as GRET, WHH, Mercy Corps, AVSI, AYO, Loka Ahlinn, and Radanar Ayar attended the training program, which was held on 3-4 April 2013 at the IRRI Myanmar office in Bogale Township.

Resource persons were R.K. Singh, senior scientist; Romeo Labios, consultant; M. Akhlasur Rahman, postdoctoral fellow; and Daw Ohn Mar Myint from the Department of Agricultural Research in Yezin.

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