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Hyrbid rice in Asia

In Our Network, Research on 30/04/2010 at 4:34 pm

A report from our regional network allies:

“In China, where hybrid rice originated, farmers’ experience with hybrid rice is utterly at variance with the glossy advertisements found in nearly every seed shop in town. In different parts of Yunnan and Sichuan, two leading rice-growing areas, hybrid rice has caused very little, almost negligible, change
in the economic status of Chinese farmers. The increase in yield, achieved mostly by farmers with access to irrigation and resources to spare for necessary inputs, was not spectacular, and far from the potential promised. The hybrid “yield advantage”, achieved by most farmers in Yuanyang and other
areas of Yunnan, was generally modest.”

Fortunately, hybrid rice hasn’t yet reached Esan…

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