Promotion of Rice Development - PRIDE

Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), \r\nNational Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), National \r\nAgricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) and their Development Partners, \r\nthe Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA are implementing the \r\nPromotion of Rice Development (PRIDE) Project also known as the 1238 \r\nRice Development Project.

This project targets to contribute about\r\n 10% to the National Rice Development Strategy (NRDS, 2008-2018) target \r\nby increasing rice production in Uganda by 20,000MT by 2016. This will \r\nsubsequently contribute to achievement of the DSIP objectives.
By \r\nJune 2013, the project had trained 7,051 farmers and availed them with 1\r\n Kg of seed each. Also the project had trained another 250 farmers with \r\nplans of availing them with seed and another 1,646 farmers who were not \r\ninterested in seed production.

The sub-county extension staff have \r\nbeen trained as (ToTís) to follow up farmers throughout the season. \r\nThese ToTís are availed with monitoring forms used to capture \r\ninformation on activities during seed production, seed produced and \r\ngrain produced.

The District Agriculture Officer (DAO) and District \r\nNAADS Co-coordinator (DNC) are trained as Subject Matter Specialists \r\n(SMS to supervise the activities of the sub-county ToTs and compile the \r\ninformation collected from the sub-counties.

The National Team \r\nfrom MAAIF, NARO/NaCRRI and NAADS Secretariat are charged with the role \r\nof technical backstopping this project, the Zonal Supervision and \r\nmonitoring meetings are used to share information and lessons learnt by \r\nthe ToTís and the District staff while implementing the project \r\nactivities.
The project availed seed to the beneficiary farmers. The\r\n concept used is to avail 1Kg of quality seed to each farmer who is \r\nexpected to produce 40-50Kg of seed.
The ZARDIs do carry out Adaptive Research and technical backstopping of the districts.
The\r\n project focused on understanding farmersí appreciation of the Nase 4 \r\nvariety and assessing the level of preference which affects its \r\nmultiplication and continued utilization by the farmers.

The \r\npurpose of farmer seed production activities is to produce their own \r\nseed which they can use to kick-start grain production and continued \r\nmaintenance of a small plot of rice seed.
Some farmers therefore have\r\n successfully adopted the approach by using their own produced seed. The\r\n project expects 50% of the farmers to adopt the technology being \r\npromoted by using the seed produced in the next rice growing season.