IRRI Scientists Discovers Rice Variety that Can Make the Philippines Biggest Rice Producer

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in UP Los Baños, Laguna has announced that their work on turbo charging rice DNA technology has resulted to 100 percent success.

“This will be a big help to strengthen food security for rice eaters,” said Kenneth McNally, an American biochemist at the Philippines-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

Scientists has discovered five varieties of rice that could withstand in the Philippines ‘severe weather condition caused by El Niño and as well as flooding.

The institute said that the finalized mutated breeds are the result of thousands of trial-and-error methods done not only in IRRI facilities, but also in other rice facilities in China, Vietnam, and Thailand.

The latest breakthroughs in molecular genetics promise to fast-track the process, eliminating much of the mystery, scientists involved in the project told AFP

.Better rice varieties can now be expected to be developed and passed on to farmers’ hands in less than three years, compared with 12 without the guidance of DNA sequencing.

The institute further noted that Central Luzon farmers cal expect quadruple in production starting 2017 when IRRI starts to distribute certified seeds to farmers.

“We successfully reproduced these breeds many times inside our complex and the result is more than surprising. Our farmers can expect five folds of harvest quantity. We expect to eliminate rice imports by 2018”, the institute said.

Delegates from China, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, India, and other Asian countries are in the Philippines for International Rice Forum, and to hear the presentation by IRRI.

The Philippines is expected to be a hunger-free country by 2020 according to the institute

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