Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Burundi: New research laboratories to support rice improvement program in sub-Saharan Africa

New research laboratories constructed at the International Rice Research Institute-East and Southern Africa (IRRI-ESA) regional office complex in Bujumbura will boost the rice improvement program in sub-Saharan Africa.

“The newly-built laboratories resonates IRRI’s commitment to provide farmers with high-yielding rice varieties that are well-adapted to the region and can withstand different stresses that hamper rice production in sub-Saharan Africa,” said IRRI-ESA Regional Coordinator Joseph Bigirimana.

Once fully operational, the facilities for plant pathology, molecular biology, and grain quality will be shared by IRRI-ESA with universities, research institutes, and other national and regional stakeholders. The research hub in Bujumbura was inaugurated in 2013 to provide the region’s rice sector with modern technologies and management and scientific leadership capacity.

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