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Information Sheet of Rice Related Project/Program in CARD First Group Countries
1. Country Tanzania
2. Title (Full name) Genetic enhancement to increase productivity in rice through breeding for resistance to RYMV disease in Tanzania
3. Project Location Dar es Salaam
4. Type of project 1
1. Grant,  2. Loan, 3. Technical Coop./Assistance, 4. National budget, 5. Private sector
5. Field of support 2
1. Policy,  2. R & D,  3. Extension & Training,  4. Production,  5. Marketing
6. Post-harvest, 7. Irrigation, 8. Credit,  9. Seed,  10. Other (  specify below  )
10. 1. Policy,  2. R & D,  3. Extension & Training,  4. Production,  5. Marketing
6. Post-harvest, 7. Irrigation, 8. Credit,  9. Seed,  10. Other ( specify below )
6. Fund sources
(Funding agency)
Rockefeller Foundation
7. Budget USD 227,600
8. Project duration Start: May, 2006
(dd/mm/yy) End: June, 2009
9. Goal and objectives Goal: Develop and employ molecular techniques to breed farmer preferred rice varieties that are resistant to RYMV
Obj.: 1. Identify and characterize RYMV strains in different ecological zones. 2. Determine the role of pathogenic strains in disease epidemics.  3. Characterize mechanism of resistance to RYMV among prevalent rice cultivars.  4. Identify markers for resistance to RYMV and use them to breed resistant varieties.  5. Introgress identified resistance into farmer preferred local varieties.
10. Target beneficiaries Direct: Researchers
Sec.: Rice farmers (Small and large scale)
11. Project component (activities) 1. Conduct countrywide disease surveys
2. Prepare RYMV disease distribution maps
3. Coduct studies on virus epidemiology, and develop relevant control strategies
4. Analyse serological and pathological variability of the virus populations
5. Screen for disease tolerant / resistant rice cultivars
6. Develop farmer preferred RYMV resistant varieties
7. Train students, extension workers and farmers
12. Expected results (outputs) 1. Disease distribution maps of different pathotypes established
2. RYMV strains in Tanzania identified and characterized
3. Pathogen-specific disease diagnostic tools developed and used for diagnosis
4. RYMV resistant varieties identified, characterized and evaluated
5. Farmer preferred, RYMV resistant varieties developed and made available to farmers
13. Inputs 1. Research funds
2. Researchers
3. Students
4. Biotechnology laboratory and plant screening facilities
5. Farmers and extension staff
14. Implementing agency Agricultural Research Institutes, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives
15. Status of the project 3 1.Pipeline,  2. Approved,  3. On-going,  4. Completed
16. Issues/problems Overaged irrigation system for efficient plant screening, poor screenhouse facilities at one of participating research  institute; logistical problems in procurement and delivery of biotechnology reagents.
Key Word: Rice yellow mottle virus, biotechnology