Bhutan's National Potato Program and the National Seed Center (NSC) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan, have successfully carried out the third season's production in the aeroponic unit built with the support of the Decentralized Rural Development Project funded by the World Bank. NSC envisions having another unit functional by the next season.
AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center, in collaboration with the Indonesian Vegetable Research Institute (IVEGRI) of the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD), Ministry of Agriculture, successfully concluded a series of in-country training courses for Indonesian partners. The training course on Vegetable Genebank Management and Seed Production Systems took place from 16 to 19 June 2014 at Lembang, Bandung in Indonesia. Eighteen participants from seven provinces attended the training.
Pest management remains the most misunderstood issue in agriculture. In most cases, pesticides are used as an immediate response to pest problems without proper judgment. They have become an integral part of many production systems, serving as an essential input for crop production. The indiscriminate use of pesticides, however, has had serious impact on the agroecosystem and human health. Over 98 per cent of sprayed insecticides and 95 per cent of herbicides reach a destination other than the target species (Wikipedia). Pesticides directly affect soil health, killing millions of microorganisms that help improve soil biology. Pesticides also affect human health through direct exposure during application, water contamination and consumption of products that use pesticides. Many health hazards related to pesticides are serious and have long-term consequences.
Sarah Crestin-Billet, a junior consultant for the Food Security Center, University of Hohenheim, Germany, recently completed a short-term field mission in Nepal to investigate the use by farmers of Jeevatu – an organic microbial inoculant developed and promoted by the Nepalese Farming Institute (NFI). It aims to prevent and control pests and diseases, including bacterial, viral and fungal, in vegetables, cereals, flowers and fruit trees, and to improve the growth of the plant, the yield and the quality of the fruits (vitamin content and peel thickness).
The Humidtropics R4D Platform was launched in Nan, Thailand on 15-16 May 2014 with the aim to diversify cropping systems in the uplands of Southeast Asia. The launch was organized by AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center, Chiang Mai University and Chulalongkorn University Nan campus. A total of 41 people representing 18 organizations in northern Thailand and four international research centers joined the meeting and showed their interest to work together to make agricultural development more sustainable.
AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center is now accepting nominations for a total of 36 scholarships to be made available through SATNET Asia to allow SATNET participants from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR), and Myanmar to attend one module of the 33rd International Vegetable Training Course (IVTC) "Vegetables: From Seed to Table and Beyond". The training will be conducted from 15 September to 5 December 2014 at AVRDC's Research and Training Station in Kamphaeng Saen, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, about 80 km west of Bangkok, Thailand.