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National launching event: Local Agri-business Network (LAN) programme held in Bangladesh02 Jun 2014

The event was jointly organized by Katalyst, a market development project under Ministry of Commerce, and HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, an international NGO. The objective of the workshop was to share the concept, strategies and model of LAN programme with the officials from Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), Department of Livestock Services (DLS) and Department of Fisheries (DoF), and finding out way for collaboration at national and local level among three departments for utilizing the LAN model.

Smiles grow with the rice in Viet Nam30 May 2014

La Lay Ha is a 34 year old widow with three children living in Viet Nam. Years ago, she was unable to grow enough rice to feed her family and would buy it to prevent a shortage. In 2010, she learned about a more effective strategy to fertilize her rice crop called fertilizer deep placement (FDP). She decided to try it given the product came together with training provided by the International Development Enterprises (iDE). Today, the same land produces enough rice to last an entire year for her family and the excess is given to neighbours and she encourages other families to follow her and use FDP.


Cambodian organic fragrant rice produced with the system of rice intensification 30 May 2014

One of the most popular fragrant rice varieties produced for the market by Cambodian organic rice farmers (supported by CEDAC – Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture) is called Phka Malis. These farmers use a set of growing methods called the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), which enable them to harvest more rice from their traditional varieties using less water, less seed, less land, as well as using their own organic fertilizers instead of purchased inorganic fertilizer.

CEDAC organizes final round of best SRI farmers 201320 May 2014

In 2000, CEDAC began introducing sustainable rice intensification (SRI) to Cambodian farmers. Since then, this Cambodian NGO has been actively supporting farmer-to-farmer extension of SRI on a national scale. To reinforce SRI dissemination among farmers in Cambodia, CEDAC has initiated a SRI national prize competition to all rice farmers in Cambodia.

SATNET training facilitates banana trade between India and the Islamic Republic of Iran 12 May 2014

Theni District, located in Cumbum Valley in India's southern coastal State of Tamil Nadu, is an emerging 'banana hub' with 30,000 acres of the Grand Naine banana variety under cultivation. Favourable agro-climatic conditions in the valley ensure adequate heat as well as relative humidity of 80 per cent suitable for banana production.

PARC-IPI & ICARDA organized a Farmers Day for demonstration of drip irrigation through solar pumping technology10 May 2014

The Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC)'s Institute of Plant introduction (IPI) and the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) have jointly organized a Farmers' Day in May 2014. During the event, progressive farmers demonstrated drip irrigation and solar pumping system technology to other farmers located in Karachi under the project titled 'Watershed Rehabilitation and Irrigation Improvement in Pakistan'. It particularly stressed the critical situation of water availability and adoption of alternate energy sources in agriculture sector, especially the solar pumping system.