Monday, January 12, 2015

Philippines: Nepal ambassador to Philippines visits IRRI

A delegation of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal Embassy , headed by H.E. Dr. Niranjan Man Singh Basnyat, Nepal’s ambassador to the Philippines, visited the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Headquarters in Los Banos, Laguna to learn about the Institute’s research activities and facilities on 8 January 2015.

IRRI Director General Robert Zeigler welcomed the five delegates who received an overview of IRRI’s research projects in Nepal. They also had an opportunity to interact with IRRI scientists and discuss stress-tolerant rice varieties released in the Nepal and the need to enhance capacity building initiatives to improve rice research and extension in the country.

Nepal and IRRI began its collaboration in 1985 with the forging of a scientific and technical cooperation covering improvement of rainfed lowland and irrigated rice varieties, plant pathology, entomology, soil science, agronomy, and farming systems. It also includes education and training of Nepalese scientists and technology transfer. In 2005, the IRRI-Nepal office was established to facilitate collaboration on different rice researches and rice-based system activities.


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