BIOTEC pilots flood- and pest-resistant rice strain in Thailand

biotecBIOTEC has organised a seminar educating farmers in the province on low cost farming techniques. (Image source: Timo Laaksonen/sxc.hu)Thailand’s National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) has piloted a project to deploy the newly developed flood- and pest-resistant rice strain in Ubon Ratchathani Province

The centre is also promoting low-cost rice farming techniques among local farmers.

According to BIOTEC, the move is designed to help farmers earn at least US$ 3049 per 0.16 ha of rice paddy field with the help of the provided know-how and the new rice strain.

The move is reportedly aimed at encouraging the new generation of farmers to engage in organic farming and employ new technologies in their operations.

Ministry of Science and Technology had launched a project to boost organic rice cultivation through science and technology in January 2014 and BIOTEC was tasked to lead the project implementation by working with farmers, sourcing appropriate technologies and facilitate the technology adoptions.

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