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This 4-day intensive training course aims to equip participants with an in-depth view of rice production, mechanization, and post-harvest processes. Learners will participate in field visits, hands-on activities, demonstrations, and discussions with IRRI scientists and experts.

Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • practice end-to-end rice production and post-harvest processes;
  • describe the procedure in determining seed quality and characteristics;
  • explain how the post-production process can reduce losses and increase the value of a rice crop;
  • identify mechanized system solutions for a specific local environment;
  • initiate discussions with local farmers and IRRI staff on their respective areas of expertise.

Key Modules

  • Introduction to IRRI
  • Quality Seed Varieties and Selection
  • Rice Production
    • Crop Establishment
    • Crop Requirements
    • Crop Protection and Care
  • Planting Equipment
  • Post-harvest Processes
  • Maintaining Quality and Purity of Seeds
  • Mechanization Skills

Target Audience

  • Assam state scientists and officials

Duration: 4 days

Prerequisites:

None. However, participants should note that the course requires some outdoor physical exertion.

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The two-day workshop is especially designed to cater to the information needs of executives, policy makers and managers on hybrid rice technology. In this program, participants would be able to gain knowledge on the fundamentals of the hybrid rice technology through open discussion sessions with global experts on hybrid rice. In addition, this workshop will also feature field visits so that participants can see how hybrid rice varieties perform. These activities will be helpful in understanding the potential hybrid rice seed market growth, its challenges, and its success stories.

Objectives

  • To understand the fundamentals of hybrid rice technology
  • To directly gain knowledge on  the field performance of hybrid rice varieties
  • To share knowledge and opportunities in the growth of hybrid rice seed market
  • To understand challenges face by hybrid rice seed market
  • To gain insight on the impact of hybrid rice through success stories

Key Modules

  • Hybrid Rice
  • Crop Management
  • Hybrid Seed Production
  • Hybrid Rice Seed Market
  • Constraints & Strategies Towards Wide-scale Adoption of Hybrid Rice Technology

Target Audience

  • Executives
  • Policy Makers
  • Managers

Duration: 2 days

Prerequisites:

Priority to HRDC members and registrants of the Asian Seed Congress in Manila on Nov 12-16, 2018

Workshop Fee:

US$1,000 (accommodation not included)

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This 5-day course is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills in operating multicopters for various applications in agriculture, particularly utilizing drone digital mapping capabilities in monitoring crop health, and damage assessment to maximize production. Participants will get the opportunity to practice drone operation in the field.

Objectives

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss drone operations, capabilities, and limitations
  • Explain drone flight procedures
  • Enumerate drone safety and standard operating procedures for agricultural application
  • Review Civil Aviation rules and regulations
  • Practice digital mapping for crop assessment in a controlled training environment
  • Apply flight planning concepts in a controlled training environment
  • Capture quality images for mapping
  • Know what is NDVI and other vegetation indices
  • Perform NDVI calculation
  • Discuss data management for drone operations

Key Modules

  • Safety and Standard Operating Procedures for Agricultural Drone Use
  • Multirotor Aircraft Operations, Capabilities, and Limitations
  • Flight Procedures
  • Civil Aviation Rules and Regulations
  • Application of Drones in Agriculture
  • Vegetation Indices
  • Platform for Crop Mapping
  • Ground Control Points (GCP
  • Mapping Workflow
  • Data Management
  • Troubleshooting

Target Audience

  • Staff of agricultural institutions/entities
  • Private sector
  • Farm entrepreneurs
  • Researchers
  • Anyone who is interested in using the technology for agricultural purposes

Duration: 5 days

Prerequisites:

  • None
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This 5-day course is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills in operating multicopters for various applications in agriculture, specifically for crop protection through pesticide application/spraying. Participants will get the opportunity to practice drone operation in the field.

Objectives

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss drone operations, capabilities, and limitations
  • Explain drone flight procedures
  • Enumerate drone safety and standard operating procedures for agricultural application
  • Review Civil Aviation rules and regulations
  • Practice pesticide application/spraying employing the use of a multicopter drone within a controlled training environment
  • Apply flight planning concepts in a controlled training environment
  • Discuss data management for drone operations

Key Modules

  • Safety and Standard Operating Procedures for Agricultural Drone Use
  • Multirotor Aircraft Operations, Capabilities, and Limitations
  • Flight Procedures
  • Civil Aviation Rules and Regulations
  • Drone Agricultural Sprayer System
  • Pesticide Application Safety Rules
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Mixing and Loading
  • Decontamination

Target Audience

  • Staff of agricultural institutions/entities
  • Private sector 
  • Farm entrepreneurs
  • Researchers
  • Anyone who is interested in using the technology for agricultural purposes

Duration: 5 days

Prerequisites:

  • None
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Participants will be given an understanding of the role of seed systems and the actors involved in the seed chain. They will look at case studies and be able to learn from others’ experiences. This course prepares participants to help make improvements in their seed systems both locally and nationally.

Objectives

  • Understand the principles of quality seed production, seed systems and policy.
  • Identify the actors and linkages within the seed chain and their contribution to seed promotion and distribution
  • Be able to identify constraints within an existing seed system
  • Be able to choose the appropriate seed system for local condition.
  • Be able to plan for and deploy a seed system in local conditions

Key Modules

  • Seed processing and certification
  • Seed systems
  • Seed policy and regulation
  • Linkages and networks
  • Promotion of quality seeds

Target Audience

  • NARES and other public sector entities
  • Private Sector agri-business employees (large and small)

Duration: 10 days

Prerequisites: RP101, SP101 or equivalent