Indian experts help Bangladesh seed analysts and seed pathologists maintain good quality seed.
In early 2018, seed company representatives attended a needs assessment at WorldVeg and set out a priority list of training topics. In response, WorldVeg South Asia organized three courses to address their training requirements.
Short course on course for improving impact of ag research
Raising hybrid seedlings is expensive; to be profitable, a nursery owner must convert every seed into a healthy seedling. Tomato producers in Madanapalle are adopting best nursery practices promoted by WorldVeg.
The WorldVeg Best Practice Hub (BPH) in Madiira Farm, Tanzania trained a new group of farmers to take on the challenges of finding and meeting local market demand for fresh produce.
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Plant breeders from across the subcontinent who want to keep up with advancements in the discipline shared their training needs with WorldVeg.
Learning where to find and how to use the diversity of the world's potato, tomato, pepper, and eggplant germplasm to breed improved vegetable varieties.
Tashkent State Agrarian University, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), and the World Vegetable Center hosted a regional training course on vegetable production from 4-8 April 2017 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. During the course, a group of 21 researchers, doctoral candidates, and master’s students from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan learned how to choose among experimental models and collect and analyze field data in accordance with international standards for scientific research. They discussed the collection, preservation and use of the genetic diversity of agricultural crops to select and develop new varieties. The course reviewed diagnostics for pests and fungal, bacterial and viral diseases; soil fertility management; integrated crop management; greenhouse cultivation; seed production; and production economics. Each participant gave a report on their research activities to share their experiences and knowledge with the group, and to demonstrate how the knowledge they acquired will be of use in their practical work.
The Highland Research and Development Institute (HRDI), Thailand, a WorldVeg partner, hosted a 'Transfer of Technology' event in Huay Kayeang, Kanchanaburi Province on 15 March 2017 to showcase the superior performance of WorldVeg cucurbit lines to more than 300 farmers, who viewed the demonstration plots and sampled pumpkin fruit and other pumpkin treats. -- MORE --