High-yielding rice varieties from China are easing food insecurity in the rural areas of Northern Bangladesh during lean periods.
The country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Chongqing Zhong Yi Seed distributed eight hybrid varieties and farmers reported higher yields.
Chongqing Zhong Yi is a frequent participant in China’s aid and technical collaborations, leading rice technology cooperation in Bangladesh. Chinese agriculturists work directly with Bangladeshi farmers to provide current trends in rice cultivation.
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Hybrid rice for global food security
Hybrid rice has been proven to be a very effective approach for greatly increasing yield outside China. The use of hybrid rice has been spreading commercially throughout the world in India, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Philippines, Madagascar, and the United States, where hybrid rice occupied more than 7 million ha in 2016.
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