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Department: Technical Cooperation
Project Name: Rice Seed Research, Development and Production Extension Project in Nicaragua
Project Description: In Nicaragua, many small to medium size rice farmers are engaged in upland cultivation. Due to inability to obtain good rice seed and also lack of the upland rice cultivation technical guidance, the rice production is not able to improve. The R.O.C.(Taiwan) Government and the Government of Nicaragua thus forge cooperation in upland rice cultivation to foster the development of upland rice cultivation and to increase rice production, which will ensure Nicaragua’s food security and increase the income of small scale Nicaraguan farmers.
Overall, the project will:
1. develop new local upland varieties and cultivation techniques;
2. undergo the purification of local upland rice varieties;;
3. establish seed breeding demonstration stations;
4. provide upland rice cultivation capacity building program for small scale farmers and technicians so as to assist them in acquiring the rice seeds and skills needed.


Implementation Start Date: 2015/10/15
Implementation End Date: 2020/10/14
Approval Amount: US$ 4,667,000
Project Objectives: The supply rate of quality varieties of upland rice seeds increases from 4% to 22.59%, and the capacity of annual seed production for upland rice varieties reaches up to 980 tons per year.
Executing Agency: 1.Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund
2.Nicaraguan Institute of Agricultural Technology and National Center for Agricultural Research (INTA-CNIA) (Republic of Nicaragua)
Current Progress: To the end of Septembre 2017, the following activities have been completed:
  1. Completed 42 regional demonstrations, and selected one line to promote a new variety and recommend a name.
  2. Conducted eight high-yield comparative tests, and selected three lines for regional demonstration.
  3. Completed the manual for upland rice.
  4. Set up 52 seed banks, conducted regular visits to seed banks to supervise work and provide technical counseling.
  5. Completed three national training sessions and each seed bank has held two events.
Project Performance: 1. Research and development: Develop 3 new upland rice varieties , 6 purified local varieties, 1 Upland Rice Cultivation Recommendation Manual and complete
capacity building programs for 310 people.
2. Seed Reproduction Demonstration Stations:
Establish 155 Seed Reproduction Demonstration Stations, the size of each is 1.75 ha (2.5Mz), which can produce in total 980,000 kilograms of rice seeds. Conduct 23 training sessions for a total of 575 people and 580 workshops for a total of 6,960 people at the stations.
3. Promotion and extension: Conduct 40 workshops for 800 people to introduce new technologies and to promote new varieties. The project will also broadcast 4 educational sessions to facilitate its extension services.
4. Training for technicians: Conduct 5 workshops on seed production and crop management.
Project Contact: Ken Hua Chang
Phone: 886-2-28732323-218
E-mail: k.h.chang@icdf.org.tw
Signing Date: 2015/10/15
Status: Project Execution
Total Cost: US$ 5,568,186
Grant Amount: US$ 4,667,000
Projected Benefits: 1.Research and development: Develop 3 new upland rice varieties , 6 purified local varieties, 1 Upland Rice Cultivation Recommendation Manual and complete
capacity building program for 310 people.
2.Establish Seed Reproduction Demonstration Stations:
To establish 155 Seed Reproduction Demonstration Stations, the size of each Seed Reproduction Demonstration Station is 1.75 ha (2.5Mz), which can produced a total of 980,000 kilograms of rice seed. Conduct 23 training sessions for total of 575 people at the Seed Reproduction Demonstration Stations. Conduct 580 workshops for total of 6960 people at the Seed Reproduction Demonstration Stations.
3.Product promotion and farmers’ training: Conduct 40 workshops for 800 people to introduce new technologies and promote new varieties. The project will also conduct 4 agricultural extension education through broadcasting services.
4.Training for technician: Conduct 5 workshops for seed production and crop management.
Sector: Production Sectors
Sector Item: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Cooperating Country: Nicaragua
Project status: Projects under implementation
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  • Date:2015/11/12
  • Date Updated:2017/11/12