Promotion of Rice Development Project 2
"To enhance capacity of research and development of appropriate rice production technologies for productivity improvement by zone and strengthen the institutional framework of training and extension."
Government of Uganda and the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries (MAAIF)through the Directorate of Crop Resources (DCR), Directorate of Agricultural Extension Services (DAES), National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), National Crop Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) and target research institutes including priority Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institutes (ZARDIs).
This is a follow-up to phase one which was completed in March 2019 with splendid achievements such as increase of rice production by more than 50,000 metric tons, increase of rice production area by about 20,000 ha and training of more than 50,000 farmers.
Project Output 1:
Capacities for rice production technology development of NaCRRI and priority ZARDI are improved, and those developed technologies are adopted in training contents.
Project Output 2:
Training-planning capacities of Training Unit at NaCRRI and MAAIF Directorate of Agricultural Extension Services are strengthened and training implementation capacities of target research institutes are improved.
Project Output 3:
Capacity of NaCRRI and target research institutes, for production of pre-basic and basic seeds, are improved.
Project Output 4:
Rice production technologies for productivity improvement are disseminated to target farmers of Musomesa Field School (MFS) under the jurisdiction of priority ZARDIs.
Customized Extension Approach: The Musomesa Field School (MFS) Approach
For the introduction of a customized extension approach, the project undertook training of 16 Agricultural Extension Officers at the Regional Rice Research and Training Center (RRRTC) at the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI).
The Extension Officers were trained along with 17 farmers selected to host demonstration sites for the new Musomesa Field School (MFS) Approach.
To rollout the approach, 19 demonstration sites were established in 15 districts during the first year of PRiDe II and they are used as platforms for intensive training of rice farmer groups organized with 20 to 30 members. Among these, 16 sites are managed through the local governments and 3 sites through JICA-UNHCR collaboration.
Download materials for Land preparation for Rice Cultivation, Knowledge about Major Rice Weeds in Uganda, the Rice Cultivation Handbook and Seed Management and Agronomy for Rice below.
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