Dakar, Senegal(MAT)- SEED PROTECTION TECHNICIANS IN KAOLACK. 30 seed production technicians from the Senegalese Agricultural Research Institute (ISRA) and other structures are taking part in a training workshop on phytosanitary protection of maize, , Sorghum, cowpea and groundnut, since Thursday, in Kaolack (center), said the APS. “The aim of this workshop is to improve agricultural productivity and guarantee the quality of seeds, and to protect producers from possible communicable diseases caused by bacteria or viruses” Said Adama Keïta, a seed specialist at the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAP). Members of the Senegalese Association for the Promotion of Development at the Grassroots (ASPRODEB), the Network of Peasant and Pastoral Organizations of Senegal (RESOPP) and the National Union of Seed Interprofessionals (UNIS) , Which will run until Saturday. Training for technicians should enable them to monitor seed quality and enhance their seed production skills, while respecting “the required technical standards” in this area, according to Keita. Leyti Diop, an agricultural research technician who came to the workshop, was delighted to have benefited from this training. “It will allow us to better know the phytosanitary diseases, their symptoms and possibly their treatment.” “We will share the knowledge gained during this training with the producers and help them to identify the phytosanitary diseases related to the melting of the seedlings … We will give to the producers seed treatment kits, to avoid the propagation of these Diseases, “Diop said. The workshop opened on Thursday is organized by the West African Seed Program (WASP), which is implemented by WAAPP. The goal of WASP is to increase the availability of quality seeds at the end of its duration (2012-2017) and improve agricultural productivity. It has financial support from the United States Agency for International Development. “It is recognized that seeds have an important contribution to agricultural production and contain important genetic information that can be highlighted with good know-how in production techniques,” says WAAPP in a handout. press. WAAPP is a program supported financially by the World Bank and coordinated by the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF / WECARD).
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