Cambodia’s jasmine rice variety selected as the World’s Best Rice

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Phka Rumduol, a variety of jasmine rice from Cambodia, was named World’s Best Rice for the fifth time at The Rice Trader World Rice Conference in  Thailand.

Phka Rumduol, a top choice among international buyers, was developed and tested by the Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute and released in 1999.

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“IRRI has supported Cambodia to be rice sufficient by increasing rice productivity,” Director Bunna said during the meeting. “Cambodia is now a rice-exporting country.”

IRRI and Cambodia have been partners in building a strong agricultural system in the country for more than 30 years. The partnership was formalized through a memorandum of understanding in 1986, but IRRI’s support to the country started much earlier.

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Since the Green Revolution in the 1960s, rice agroecosystems in Southeast Asia are mostly associated with intensified rice monoculture. The trend of intensified rice production and increasing harvested areas is associated with increasing agrochemical inputs like fertilizers and pesticides. The importance of pesticides has dramatically increased in recent decades since many farmers have increased their pesticide use as they believe it is the only way to prevent pest outbreaks.

However, pesticides can be harmful not only to the targeted rice pests but also to the environment and human well-being, since pesticides are often the first choice for pest management. To improve the stated situation, habitat management as a form of biological control has increasingly gained interest.

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