Thursday, August 28, 2014

Green Super Rice Project organizes training in enhancing the crop management skills of Indonesian researchers and extension agents

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Indonesian Center for Rice Research (ICRR) jointly organized a Green Super Rice (GSR) training for Indonesian researchers and extension agents in Sukamandi, Indonesia on 21-22 August.  The primary objective of the activity was to enhance the skills of extension agents in crop management practices for newly identified GSR cultivars for varietal release and effectively transfer this knowledge to farmers in target regions in Indonesia.

“Green super rice concept of producing more yields from lesser chemical and water inputs in an environmentally sustainable manner is exactly what ICRR is currently pursuing for its rice farmers,” Dr. Made Jana Mejaya, director general of ICRR, said in his opening remarks.

Jauhar Ali, senior plant breeder and IRRI-GSR Project Leader, presented the current status of GSR project in Asia and East and Southern Africa while Dr. Untung Susanto, GSR project coordinator at ICRR, gave a status report on the project in Indonesia and the performance of GSR cultivars in the country.

“An additional ton of rice in the rain-fed and irrigated lowlands will change the livelihoods of millions of resource-poor farmers by providing them with a sustained income source,” said Dr. Ali.  “It could set them free from the clutches of poverty and put them on the road to prosperity.”

The 30 participants were trained on site specific nutrient management, integrated pest management, and inbred seed production tools and strategies by Dr. Zulkifli Zaini, Dr. Rahmini, and Sri Wahyuni, respectively. Avigail Cosico of Biometrics and Breeding Informatics-IRRI provided training on two newly developed IRRI softwares: Plant Breeding Tools and Statistical Tools for Agricutural Research. 

Each course participant is expected to train a minimum of 100 farmers.

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