Cambodia releases climate-resilient hybrid rice varieties

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Cambodia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries released a selection of hybrid rice varieties higher tolerance to water shortages and other stresses associated with climate change compared to conventional cultivars. The hybrid rice varities also produce significantly better yields.

The wide adoption of hybrid rice could lead to significant improvement in yields to meet Cambodia’s food security goals and improve rural livelihoods.

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The Hybrid Rice Development Consortium (HRDC)
HRDC promotes innovation and access to new germplasm and information on hybrid rice technology. It is a membership-based organization that helps other organizations collaborate in the research and production of hybrid rice varieties.

Across the rice-producing world, there are well-recognized “yield gaps”—the difference between how much rice a system can potentially produce and the actual amount a farmer produces. Hybrid rice varieties are a key technology that can help close that gap, improving yield and profitability. 

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These rural women were growing inbred rice, a self-pollinated home-grown rice, in a traditional way. Now, they are trained to grow hybrid seeds even by using the direct seeded rice technique. Now, they have become ambassadors of early adopters of the new technology and advocating the same in their villages to have a multiplier effect, thereby creating demand and market for hybrid seeds and crop protection products.

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