Training on early generation seed
Within the framework of component 2, ISSD Myanmar Programme organized and facilitated a tailor-made training on quality EGS production for selected crops, i.e. pulses and oil seed. The training, held in the city of Yezin, between the 5th and 16th of December 2016, was supported by NUFFIC- NL, the Department of Agriculture Research (DAR).
A total of 9 staff officers (seed farm managers, seed laboratory) from Department of Agriculture (DOA) and 7 scientific and technical staff from Department of Agricultural Research (DAR) participated in the training course. Gender distribution of the trainees, showed that 12 women and 4 men took part in the training. During the 10 days course, participants learned about the latest quality seed production tools that included laboratory, pre-harvest and post-harvest seed technologies of six important food legume and oil seed crops to the dry zone of Myanmar.
More specifically, the course covered crops such as pigeon pea, chick pea, green gram, black gram, sesame, and groundnut. The course programme reviewed the existing Myanmar seed quality standards of above six crops and developed a revised quality standard that is part with international seed quality standards. Key results of the training were enhancing capacity and the development of six different field guidelines on the practical implementation of varietal purity maintenance and high quality early generation seed production (nucleus, breeder, foundation, registered seed) of six above crops. These guidelines are available as ready-to-use documents for MOALI to serve as inputs for seed-related policies.