Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Taiwan signs agreement with IRRI to collaborate on rice research

A 10-member delegation from Taiwan led by James Chih-I Sha, deputy minister of the Council of Agriculture (COA) of the Republic of China, visited the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Headquarters on 26 January 2015 for the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) forming a strategic partnership in developing, evaluating, and disseminating new rice varieties.

COA is the authority on agriculture, forestry, fishery, animal husbandry and food affairs, research and development; and extension affairs in Taiwan. It works to help farmers prosper and build a sustainable agricultural environment that strikes a balance between quality of life, production and ecology.

“Taiwan will contribute its experience with best practice in rice cultivation to the IRRI’s pool of knowledge,” said COA Deputy Minister Sha. “This will advance development of production techniques to benefit rice-growing countries in East Asia.”

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