Sweden Holds Workshop on Plant Breeding in Manila
MANILA, Philippines -- Svalof Consulting and the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) brought into the country 22 participants for the second phase of their International Training in Plant Breeding and Seed Production in collaboration with the Departrment of Agriculture (DA) last month.
The program was launched at the Manila Hotel, after which the participants engaged in a thorough discussion on seed production and the development of sturdier, more nutritious crops.
Svalof Consulting and Sida worked with the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) and the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), in organizing the training workshop.
The 17 countries represented in the workshop were Bangladesh, Cambodia, Egypt, Georgia, India, Kenya, Mozambique, the Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Plant breeders, seed growers, geneticists, and seed technologists from both the private and public sector joined the workshop.
According to Svalof, a seed company, the training was especially designed for qualified individuals who could contribute in strategic reforms or hold positions with mandate to run processes of change. The first phase of the training was conducted in Sweden last year.
Before the start of the training, the participants were assigned to write a situation analysis describing the current situation in plant breeding and seed production in their home countries. …