Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Philippines: IRRI holds course on becoming certified postharvest trainers

The Training Center and Postharvest Unit at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) organized a two-week course on the basic knowledge and skills necessary to become a certified postharvest trainer. Rice: Post-Production to Market Course was attended by participants from Australia, India, Lao PDR, Philippines, and Taiwan.

The participants were introduced to different postharvest technologies and postproduction practices through hands- on exercises and lectures. They also visited other institutions, communities, and rice value chain actors to learn more about the importance of rice postproduction process.

After the workshop, participant are expected to make informed decisions on identifying and measuring losses along the value chain, evaluating different post production technology options (harvesting, threshing, drying, storage, and milling), and using business plans to introduce or scale out suitable technology options for post production.

The Rice: Post- Production to Market Course was held on 13 to 24 April and will be offered twice a year at IRRI Headquarters. The second course will be conducted in October. For more details, please visit

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