Tuesday, August 12, 2014

IRRI conducts training in the latest rice production technologies for African research technicians

By JCBarradas and MSSArboleda

IRRI Training, in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is conducting a rice production and post-production techniques course for research technicians from different member countries of the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) from July 18 to August 15 at IRRI Headquarters, Philippines.

The three-week course includes lectures and field activities facilitated by IRRI scientists that include the latest technologies in rice farming, the importance of innovative plant science practices, and seed-to-market rice farming. Participants will also visit to the Philippine Rice Research Institute in Nueva Ecija, and interview and interact with farmers about traditional rice farming practices in Banaue in the province of Ifugao.

Fifteen research technicians from  Benin, Burkina Faso, Congo, Cote d’ Ivoire, Kenya, Guinea, Mali, Tanzania, and Togo are expected to return to their respective countries and apply the knowledge and skills they gain from the training as part of the overall initiative of CARD to increase rice production in Africa.

The course on latest rice production technologies is coordinated by Dr. Noel Magor, head of IRRI Training, and Eugene Castro, Jr. This is the last in a series of trainings on research and extension for rice workers in Africa managed and hosted by IRRI with funding support from JICA.

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