The National, Wednesday September 2nd, 2015
A GROUP of rice farmers in the Kandrian district, West New Britain, received their certificates after a weeklong training sponsored by Trukai Industries Ltd.
The training was done in partnership with University of Technology and coordinated by Provincial Department of Agriculture and Livestock.
Governor Sasindran Muthuvel expressed his gratitude for Trukai Industries for such initiative that would empower local farmers and University of Technology for their provision of technical knowledge and skill that would go a long way in boosting rice production in the province.
He commended partnership of the two institutions that enabled the training to become a reality and a success.
“It is uplifting to see that training was conducted by qualified professors and witnessing the graduation of these 39 local farmers builds the confidence that we are taking one step in the right direction towards securing food security for our people,” Muthuvel said.
The training was a first for a large scale production that aimed to train local farmers on proper way of rice farming from planting, pollinating and husbandry to ensure farmers get the best yield from right variety that is best suitable for soil and climate.
They were also trained on milling process and final stages of preparing for packaging.
It was considered to be a major boost for farmers who’s been encouraged through the training to move into larger scales production and tap into semi commercial stage.