Taiwanese experts train agricultural technical officers

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Taiwanese experts train agricultural technical officers

PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries, Co-operatives and Rural Development (MAFPFC&RD), in collaboration with the International Cooperation and Development Fund of Taiwan (ICDF/Taiwan), will be hosting a second team of Taiwanese scientists and banana and plantain experts over the next two weeks June 2 to 16, 2014.

The team of experts will be facilitating the training of 40 technical officers and banana producers on diverse topics, but with emphasis on soil fertility, plant health and nutrition and related soil and plant tissue diagnostic techniques.

This intervention is designed to strengthen the ministry’s diagnostic capacity and the competencies of technical personnel on methods and techniques to improve soil fertility, plant health and nutrition. Laboratory and field technicians will receive hands-on field and laboratory training on diagnostic techniques and services.

It is expected that on completion of this intervention the Research and Development Division’s Laboratory at Union will be appropriately equipped and fully operational to provide and deliver services to the farming community.

The training programme commenced at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the Orchid Centre, Union Propagation Station’s conference room.

The training workshop is coordinated by the Black Sigatoka Management Unit (BSMU), in collaboration with the Research & Development Division and the Propagation Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries, Co-operatives and Rural Development.

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