Monday, August 4, 2014

IRRI holds pilot course on the challenges of Asia’s changing rice industry

By JCBarradas and MSArboleda

IRRI Training Center is conducting the Rice industry agriculture services training course from 06 July to 27 September at IRRI Headquarters. The 11-week pilot course is designed to train professional extension agents help farmers face the challenges of Asia’s rapidly changing rice industry.

Fourteen participants from the public and private sectors are learning up-to-date technical knowledge in rice production and the latest ICT tools for working with farmers, developing extension materials, and operating within a multi-actor rice industry environment.

The training was initiated in collaboration with PT Pupuk Indonesia (Persero), the largest fertilizer manufacturer in Southeast Asia, and the first company of its kind to support national development in enhancing national food security in Indonesia.

The Rice industry agriculture services training course was designed by Jason Beebout, Noel Magor, Roland Buresh and Joseph Rickman.  Maria Socorro Arboleda is the course facilitator.

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