DA, PhilRice prepare climate change-ready seeds
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) have partnered to breed and distribute drought-tolerant rice seeds to farmers who have suffered from the effects of the El Nino.
The Philippine News Agency reported that IRRI has given PhilRice the foundation germplasm for the “climate change-ready rice.”
“It is the poor farmers who suffer the most from the effects of climate change.
This is why IRRI has been working hard to develop climate change-ready rice varieties that can withstand extreme climatic conditions such as droughts, floods, heat, and cold, and soil problems such as high salt and iron content,” Dr. Bruce Tolentino, IRRI’s deputy director general for communication and partnerships, was quoted by PNA as saying.
The drought-tolerant rice varieties developed by IRRI scientists can produce up to 1.2 tons more per hectare as shown by tests.