|SPORE Bulletin of the CTA No. 01 - 1986 (CTA Spore, 1986, 16 p.)|
The International Rice Re search Institute has produced a book
entitled "A Farmer's
author is Dr. Benito S. Veraara.
Twenty-five editions of this rice-growing manual have been published in 22 languages in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Editions in at least 14 other languages are in preparation.
The "Primer" may be the most widely-translated agricultural text in existence
The author, a plant physiologist from IRRI, conceived the "Primer" when he became aware of the lack of simple yet reliable written information to explain clearly the "why" and "how" of good rice-growing practices. Vergara felt that farmers and rice production specialists needed a better understanding of the reasons for recommended practices such as seed incubation or proper depth of transplanting.
Vergara relied on illustrations with as few words as possible to convey the rice cultural messages. This not only makes the key messages easier to understand, but it also makes translation easier. IRRI provides sets of the illustrations, with the English text blocked off, to Third World agricultural agencies and publishers that want to publish local editions. IRRI does not ask for royalties or fees for translations of its books in the Third World.
Address for Europe. IRRI Josef Margraft
Oberwiesenstrasse 32 7000 Stuttgart 75. Germany FRJ