Farmers should soon have access to a new strain of flood-resistant rice, say scientists.
The development was discussed at the 3rd steering committee meeting of the Irrigated Rice Research Consortium of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Hanoi, Vietnam last week (8–9 October).
A large portion of Asian rice land is located in deltas and low-lying areas that are at risk from flooding during the monsoon season, and climate change intensifies these risks, said Reiner Wassmann, coordinator of the Rice and Climate Change Consortium of IRRI.
Crop scientists estimate that annual flooding leads to losses worth US$1 billion across south and South-East Asia.
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