The National Institutes of Food and Agriculture is set to administer funds in the amount of $4,500,000. The NIFA strongly encourages the applicants to concentrate on the following bean production research (BPR) areas:
a) Reducing Production Constraints from Soil Borne Pathogens - Soil borne pathogen pressure on common bean is considered a significant constraint to bean production. Such pathogens and associated root rots already reduce production in areas with high rainfall, and as instances of rainfall increases, the issue is deemed to be more limiting.
b) Improving Transformation Technologies - The process of successful transformation of the bean has always been very much limited. The program organizers perceive that the development new methodologies and approaches in the area of transformation technology is very much essential in removing the roadblocks to transformation.