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Participatory Varietal Selection of Rice in Myanmar

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In the lower Ayeyarwaddy Delta of Myanmar, rice farmers experience floods in the monsoon and salt intrusion during the dry season. New high-yielding, short-duration varieties are usually not available, and so farmers have limited options to combat flooding or saline intrusion.

The International Rice Research Institute, through the Livelihood and Food Security Trust Fund Project of the United Nations Office for Project Services, has introduced farmers' participatory varietal selection (PVS) of high-yielding varieties for favorable areas and stress-tolerant varieties for the salt- and flood-prone areas.

This video showcases the PVS steps as done by farmers in Labutta Township, Myanmar. Some farmers share their experiences and benefits gained from joining the PVS trials. The video also features the top four selected varieties in the three townships involved in the project in the 2012 and 2013 wet seasons, and the 2012-13 dry season. Show less
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From 3 May through 27 September 2013, a photographic exhibition at the Riceworld Museum of the International Rice Research Institute (http://irri.org) in Los Banos, Philippines, is featuring the more than 50 birds species that frequent the Institute's rice plots on its experimental farm.

Here, some of the contributors talk about their passion for photographing and observing these feathered creatures and how they photograph birds in the fields.

The last two videos show the opening program, ribbon cutting, and viewing of the exhibition on Friday afternoon, 3 May 2013.

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Farmers tell their stories about using various new and helpful technologies such as the Superbag, direct seeding of rice using a drumseeder, using flood-and salt- tolerant rice varieties, laser leveling, and aerobic rice.

IRRI Agronomy Challenge 2: Back in the Field Play

Starting in early December 2012, Achim Dobermann, deputy director general for research at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI; http://irri.org), and Leigh Vial, head of IRRI's experiment station, begin IRRI Agronomy Challenge 2. It is the continuation of a special project in which they demonstrate how to grow a productive rice crop in a 25 x 100-meter field on IRRI's research farm.

Starting out this time, they have decided to mechanically transplant seedlings instead of direct seeding and half the plot is planted to a hybrid variety and the other to an inbred variety.
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