Grace Road Food Company Limited, will host its first major International Conference on Rice Farming for Food Security in Fiji on February 19.
The conference dubbed will be enabled through world-wide leading rice seed researcher Dr Kyung-Ho Kang (National institute of Crop Science, RDA). It will be held at its Deuba Rice-farm office with 80 people expected to attend.
Also in attendance will be Professor of Biotechnology Dr. Seong-Gene Lee (Chonnam National University)
Dr Kyung-Ho Kang worked for IRRI (International Rice Research Institute) from 2008 to 2010, and is currently working for KAFACI (Korea-Africa Food & Agriculture Cooperation Initiative) and NICS (National Institute of Crop Science, RDA).
Dr Kyung-Ho Kang is also associated with the National Institute of Crop Science of South Korea.
He will also explain the discoveries behind his research, examples of his rice-seed research, and the performance of his research application.
Through the keynote speech, he will enunciate a proposal of the best suited type of rice for Fiji.
Additionally, Dr Seong-Gene Lee of Chonnam National University in South Korea will explain the importance of food security in preparation of worldwide climate change.
Grace Road managing director Daniel Kim said: “Grace Road Food Company Limitedis currently undertaking tremendous amount of effort in order to raise the rice-farming industry.
“Establishment of Research Center, out of all the effort being put in Grace Road Food Company Limited, is the most essential matter.
“With Dr. Kang at its core, establishment of Grace Road Food Company Limited’s research center will bring a monumental transformation in advancement of Fijian rice industry.
“Additionally, the purpose of this conference is to announce to the Fijians the importance offood security, the necessity of rice production in order for food security and the value of high rice yield and quality through seed improvement.
He added: “Along with this goal, Grace Road Food Company Limited will also announce its plan about how we can achieverice self-sufficiency by the year 2020.”
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