The opening of the rice training program was officially launched at the Vanuatu Agriculture College on June 6.

During the official opening those present on Santo to witness the event were government officials, rice growing farmers, former Vanuatu Agriculture College student and the Chinese Ambassador Liu Quan.

The participant of this Rice Training Program, came from different provinces that included Tafea, Malampa, Penama and Sanma Province.

Present also were rice experts from China who came to Vanuatu to deliver the training.

The month-long training ended on July 5.The funding for this rice training program came from the Government of China, through its Embassy in Vanuatu, and the Government of Vanuatu.

In this training participants learned inside the classroom and did practical on rice planting outside the classroom.

There were 50 participants of the training- 25 of which were former Vanuatu Agriculture College students.

The many subjects learned by trainers included hybrid rice seed production technology.

Others included:

- Varieties

- Nursery

- Transplanting method/ techniques

- Maintenance

- Pollination of seeds

- Harvest of rice

- Storage of seeds

The participants were awarded Rice Hybrid Technology Certificates.

The training saw Professor Haung Dhui recognizing a disabled student for his effort to go back to his home and start work on the rice program to benefit his family.

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