President of The Gambia received a delegation led by the Korean Ambassador to The Gambia, at the State House in Banjul. The Korean Team handed over seeds of a rice variety to increase rice production in the country.
The rice variety, which helped Korea revolutionize its rice production and food security concerns in the 1970s, is adaptable to different soil conditions,
It has been successfully tested in Guinea and Senegal. If successful in The Gambia, the rice variety could double the country’s current rice production capacity.
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Researchers including pathologists in Sub-Saharan African agri-food systems state the pressing importance of boosting the agri-food system in the region to address its growing needs. This message was conveyed during a workshop on rice pathology held in the city of Bujumbura, Burundi from May 9 to 13, 2022.
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