Floods help to pave the way for GMO rice seeds?
Old yet sure formula by
of how to control the masses
I couldn’t help it, but decided to come out from my already too prolonged slumber. Because as I can see, there is a lack of coverage of this issue in the Thai Mainstream Media. Or even rather opposite: consistent campaign to support the efforts by government and big local and transnational corporations to take under total control the rice production in Thailand through pushing forward GMO seeds…
Has anyone been paying attention to all the recent and still ongoing current floods in Thailand ? Whole thing hing is doubtlessly pre-arranged. coz main reason for these floods of unprecedented proportion is opening of the 2 dams and flashing all the farmlands. in fact, CONTINUOUS flushing! I mean, “ajarns” give opinions on TV that these floods will continue for TWO MONTHS ! how anyone can possibly makes such statements with certainty – unless it is planned ?!
even there might be a relation to the using this flushing to “flush out” the increased political activities of opposition.
read some statements in Thai MSM quoting some big fellas talking about floods providing a chance for “unity” and “reconciliation” 😉 sh1t ! what freaking “unity” ! while people are STARVING in affected areas – Bangkokians line up in Siam Paragon to be lucky to catch those oh so heavenly delicious doughnuts !!!
and funny thing is – the “help” provided to those people affected by floods is …….. FLOATING TOILETS! LOL
but WHAT these poor people will fill up those toilet with – if they are NOT given a FOOD first of all ?!
or these MORONS who came up with this brilliant idea of toilets don’t have any brains left and forgot that to be able to sh1t one has to fill up the stomach first ?
Anyway, getting back to my main point though about GMO food.
the thing is, already few times on local Thai TV were few programs, news reports, etc. talking about :
1) very likely food shortage soon – because a lot of crops and harvest was destroyed (in fact most of farmlands there are still under water)
2) they start actively propagating GMO paddy rice for seeds, which they say will not be affected by floods !
also lately some fellas in Thai forums started to call public to join sort of campaign to implement GMO food in Thailand.
those who’re shrewd enough can easily search on internet as well as youtube for a lot of info about what is the actual danger and risk of GMO. I’m not gonna go into details now.
however the thing is, there is some something like a pattern in past several months, which somehow hints on sort of a systematic efforts all around the world for pushing forward GMO:
– “natural” disasters as huge floods in Pakistan and now in Thailand; also forest fires in Russia, Europe and few other related things which in one way or another affect the farming, crops and food supplies;
– another much less covered by MSM issue is “mysterious” destroying of or troubles with seed-banks in different places, as fire in Tapei or potential destruction of world’s oldest seed bank in Pavlovsk.
(previously were similar reports about other seed-banks in danger)
Not to mention the fact creation of Svalbard International Seed Vault in Norway since 2007
The stores of seeds in a “doomsday” vault in the Norwegian Arctic are growing as researchers rush to preserve 100,000 crop varieties from potential extinction.
The seeds are going to be critical for protecting the global food supply against devastating crop losses as a result of climate change, said Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust.
“These resources stand between us and catastrophic starvation,” Fowler said. “You can’t imagine a solution to climate change without crop diversity.”
That’s because the crops being used by farmers will not be able to evolve quickly enough on their own to adjust to predicted drought, rising temperatures and new pests and diseases, he said.
Ordinary people around the globe has also started to make their own seed-banks:
Now, check this out : Floods in Pakistan, drought in Russia and a global wake-up call
among other things here it is mentioned, sort of “by the way” :
“Perhaps genetic modification will do what the green revolution did between 1950 and 1990, but that has yet to be proved.”
Here is more related stuff meanwhile :
Aha, so that’s what is actually all about ! creating a chance to SPECULATE on rice supplies as commodity, as all such commodities are being speculated. Food shortages then can easily be created whenever neccesary ! 😉
Remember ! rice is considered as a World’s #1 main staple crop ! wheat is #2 and in that area also efforts are going on: Scientists crack wheat’s genetic code
“The research will also assist the development of genetically modified wheat, which remains one of the few important crops to which biotechnology has yet to be applied.
Such genetic improvements could help to meet a global demand for wheat – a staple crop second in importance only to rice – that is forecast to reach 851 million tonnes (837 million tons) by 2030.“
Then what ?
“The heatwave, forest fires and drought in Russia and central Asia may be unprecedented in recent times. But there is something familiar about the ensuing food crisis, as the price of wheat remains 50 per cent higher than just six weeks ago.
It is just two years since the last such crisis. A spike in the price of agricultural commodities in 2007-08 caused panic from Italy to Haiti, drawing sharp attention to a deeper malfunctioning in the world’s food markets…
But the rise in price has been accompanied by a rise in another phenomenon — speculation in commodity markets. Derivatives packaging products such as wheat and maize have created massive profits for speculators with no interest whatsoever in the underlying physical commodities. The number of derivative contracts in commodities increased by more than 500 per cent between 2002 and 2008, a process that accelerated at the end of the last decade, when the collapsing US mortgage market and global recession were followed by a huge spike in food prices. There is clearly a causative link between these two phenomena…
But others claim that the speculation itself has been a cause of volatility in the commodity market. The anti-poverty group World Development Movement, whose recent report singles out the investment bank Goldman Sachs as last year making more than $5 billion (Dh18.35 billion) in profits from commodity trading, describes the practice as “dangerous, immoral and indefensible”. “Silent mass murder” is the phrase used by the former UN special rapporteur on the right to food, Jean Ziegler. The European single market commissioner, Michel Barnier, speaking at the European parliament earlier this year, described the fact that a billion people worldwide were suffering from food insecurity while others profited by speculating on agricultural raw materials as “scandalous”…
Either way, small-scale developing-world producers lose. And when high food prices combine with crop failures, forcing poor farmers to buy staples for their own consumption at market prices, then the issues become concentrated around one stark reality. Hunger.“
See the picture now ? It might appear surrealistic and apocalyptic as in some recent fiction novel:
“The Windup Girl” by Paolo Bacigalupi
“Countries have fallen as sea levels have risen and entire economies have been obliterated; the calorie companies (American, of course) dominate food production; plagues of rust and other plant diseases (that have resulted from bioengineering plants in the first place) have wiped out whole crops; biotechnology is the dominant scientific and technological exercise because it is so desperately needed, both to create new crops resistant to disease and to check the diseases that already ravage the planet…
We follow the adventures and misadventures of a number of protagonists in Thailand, one of the few remaining Asian countries with anything resembling sovereignty still extant…. Anderson Lake, the surreptitious representative of one of the American calorie companies, on the trail of new fruits and vegetables resistant to the many forms of rust that obliterate who food groups, who becomes her unlikely protector. Lake’s real mission is to discover the location of the Thai seed bank, now that the Finnish seed bank has been blown up by terrorists. Jaidee, the “Tiger of Bangkok,” the leader of the militant “white shirts” of the Environmental Ministry, whose mission is to enforce the Kingdom’s aggressive environmental regulations…. Bangkok is only preserved from flooding, and spared the fate of other major cities of the world, by a series of dikes, it’s eminently believable. When we learn that there are carbon allocations, the enforcement of which is one of the environmental Ministry’s major tasks, we accept this as that way it is. When we learn that what this is all about is access to the Thai seed bank, that makes eminent sense… And this includes the mysterious Gibbons, whom Lake is attempting to find, who is the genetic genius working with the Thai government to keep its gene bank full—and whose motives ultimately are as questionable as those of Lake….
And it’s all too believable that a small number of bioengineering companies would dominate global food production, and that Thailand has only survived by keeping them out…. “
Yeah, seems like a real fiction. In reality though a lot of things are already actually going on, and some others are being propagated and coming soon !
Here are few articles in Thai newspapers which somehow or other sort of “prepare” general public for ideas about GMO food :
“Businesses are enthusiastic about the prospects of Thailand producing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for alternative energy. The question is how committed the Thai government is to pursuing the controversial crops.”
“He suspected the move was influenced by the EU and US, which demand Thailand endorse the registration of living organisms and genetic resources in free-trade deals….
If Thai scientists patent rice genes, foreigners could apply for patents of other genes and living organisms too, Mr Somchai said.”
“Banned production is increasing, group says. Genetically-modified chilli and soybean have been found growing in farms in the North and Central Plains, fuelling concerns over the possible spread of the banned crops.
Farmer advocacy group Biothai and the Academic Network on Bio-Resources Protection yesterday released the lab results of 768 crop samples, including maize, rice, papaya, soybean, chilli, pineapple, cotton, tomato and sunflower, which show 17 of the samples are GM crops.
The samples were collected in 40 provinces countrywide from November 2008 to July 2009 and sent to Chulalongkorn University’s laboratory for testing….
Biothai director Withoon Lianchamroon called on agencies to urgently set up a joint committee to deal with the spread of GM crops to local farms.
He gave the agencies two months to stop the contamination of GMOs otherwise the farmer network would come up with means to pressure the government on the matter.
Mr Withoon also demanded that agencies strengthen regulations to prevent GM crops from entering the country, revise the biosafety law to increase the punishment for anyone causing GMO leaks and provide compensation for damaged parties.
The commercial planting of GM crops is banned in Thailand. The government only allows field trials of the crops under the close supervision of the Department of Agriculture.“
So, all these talks about pro and contra regarding GMO might seem theoretical. However here is in practice:
“The Thai Rice Mills Association has forecast that rice production might fall by 15-20% to fewer than 20 million tonnes…
Output from the previous main crop totalled 23.3 million tonnes, about 10.5 million tonnes of which were white rice paddy, 6 million tonnes for glutinous rice and 6.5 million for Hom Mali fragrant rice…
Rice production would definitely be hard hit if the floodwaters remain unabated for two or three weeks…
Other crops such as maize, cassava and sugarcane were also put under water, covering about 280,000 rai, and fruit orchards on 32,000 rai. Estimated losses are not available.
Agriculture Minister Theera Wongsamut said heavy rains during August and September had inundated 53 provinces damaging about 2.7 million rai of farmland, 2.4 million of which were rice fields.
This month’s heavy floods, he added, had inundated 24 provinces, with about 1.6 million rai damaged, 1.3 million of which were for rice. Losses have yet to be estimated. ..”
“Importers rushing to place rice orders… numerous cargo ships in Thai ports busy loading rice this month…
The price of 100% B grade white rice also rose to $520 a tonne yesterday, from $505 last week…
The oil crisis and concerns about food crops being diverted for fuel pushed up commodity prices around the globe and Thai fragrant rice reached a record $1,222 a tonne in May that year.“
“Farmers here had high hopes for their second crop this year. Their expectations plummeted as the water kept on rising after floods hit the area and healthy rice plants were submerged for several weeks….
‘I don’t know whether the Irrigation Department will discharge water to us [later this year],’’ she said.
So, the old sure formula of those who controls and manipulates the populations is simple:
“Problem –> Reaction —-> Solution” – right ? 😉
Problems are plentiful : so called “natural” disasters, ranging from global warming to floods, fires, droughts. Reaction is evident: crops loss, increasing market speculations of commodities, rise of food prices, pretty possible food shortages soon…
Then what is the obvious next step ? 😉 That’s right ! “SOLUTION” ! 😀
and that would be :
Below is a blatant PROPAGANDA article by UN University which indicates that efforts to propagate GMO rice as an answer to “climate change” and other disasters as floods, droughts etc has been made well in advance, several months before the current ongoing floods in Thailand:
Thailand’s rice farmers adapt to climate change
May 24, 2010
“Rice has long been Thailand’s traditional food crop and the country’s main export product. Though declining in relative importance, it still occupies about 55% of the total arable land . Over 80% of the Thai population eats rice as their main meal, with annual per capita consumption totalling 100.8 kg.
The world too, depends on the country’s rice. Despite recent uncertainties, Thailand remains the world’s largest rice exporter according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s Rice Market Monitor. The country’s rice exports in 2010 are forecast to exceed 9 million tonnes…
Adaptation a must
Traditionally, farmers grew rice for household consumption by using seeds and seedlings from the previous crop, which were mostly resistant to pests and disease.
As part of the plan, the Thai government has been promoting new genetically modified (GM) varieties of deep water rice (not re-usable), which usually remain in flood waters of over 50 cm for one month. New drought-resistant rice varieties — RD12 for glutinous and RD33 for non-glutinous rice — are also being produced with the application of DNA technology and distributed to drought affected areas.
However, since the government cannot provide enough of its own to distribute to all farmers, many private companies are also producing these new varieties. As a result, the farmers that can afford to buy them have shown an interest in new varieties of rice that will provide higher yields than traditional varieties.
For those that cannot afford the new seeds, the most commonly used adaptation techniques have been to change cropping patterns and the cropping calendar, and improve farm management. The government has also constructed embankments to protect rice farms from flood damage…
It is clear that the government should place an emphasis on production processes that not only increase yields, but are environmentally friendly and raise awareness about climate change in the Thai population….”
Here are more recent news which shows the evidence of further pushing of GMO rice seeds :
Global rice demand, production high in Vietnam meetings
November 8, 2010
“With erratic weather threatening to cut world rice output every year, traders said some producing nations as well as importing countries would pay more attention to the GMO technique in a bid to raise output to offset falls brought by adverse weather.
“China is one of an example of this case. It finally accepts GMO technology to get higher output for its population and after China I think there could be other countries to invest in GMO as we all have realised that we can’t fight against force of nature,” a Bangkok-based trader said.”
Who that Bangkok-based trader might be, huh ? not CP by chance ? 😉
and especially this :
“The company also said it has launched a new website, http://www.rice-research.org, where researchers can mine a database of the rice genome, which Monsanto decoded in April.”
August 4, 2000
12 March 2007
“Monsanto is notorious for its aggressive moves to force open markets for its GM crops. But when it comes to rice, the multinational corporation is strangely low-profile. This is not to say that Monsanto’s leaving rice to its competitors. The potential market is just too big to pass up. It’s just chosen to take another track with rice, gradually building its position through collaboration with smaller companies.
Last month, Monsanto raised its involvement in rice up a notch by signing a “technology exchange agreement” with the Belgian/Singapore-based biotechnology company Devgen that gives the start-up a bundle of cash and access to Monsanto’s rice breeding and GM technologies.”
coincidentally or not so, Rice stock exchange is also being planned in Singapore:
November 09, 2010
“SINGAPORE should become the global hub of rice futures and spot trading to defend Asia’s billions from price swings, food riots and shortages…
Others have warned, however, that it could attract the sort of speculative money that can, without proper regulation, allow bubbles to inflate and exacerbate crashes… “
04 November 2010
“Brazil is no small market for Bayer’s LL62, and neither is Asia, its other target…
Meanwhile, seemingly oblivious of this or the Bt rice contamination scandal in China, the Philippines and Bangladesh are gearing up to commercialise golden rice in farmers’ fields. The Philippines plans to start field testing Vit A rice in December this year, racing to be the first Asian country to commercialise GM rice in the world…
Over in Bangladesh, the Director General of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), Mohammad Abdul Mannan, early last month has also expressed the intention to introduce genetically engineered rice in the country…
A more recent development that would put all this in perspective is the approval of India’s Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) to allow a confined field trial of DuPont’s transgenic rice hybrids in Hyderabad… DuPont’s move is a very smart one. The Union Government of India has recently unveiled its big plan to launch a second Green Revolution in the eastern states, with heavy emphasis on Chinese-style, massive scale, hybrid rice production…
We’ve always believed that this is where corporate rice breeding is heading: a combination of hybrid and GM rice – put into motion by private seed companies that will ensure them profits, without having to depend on terminator technologies or IPR regimes. If the seed industry gets its way, transgenic hybrid rice could be the norm 3-4 years from now. To ensure its place within this future scenario, IRRI set-up the hybrid rice consortium in 2007 as a platform for germplasm exchange among itself and an elite club of private seed companies like DuPont, Bayer, Monsanto and Syngenta.
Government agencies like Philrice in the Philippines and BRRI in Bangladesh, who have token membership in the consortium, are therefore racing to get their varieties tested and commercialised. Obviously they do not want to get bypassed by these developments, they want to be important players as well so they can keep their legitimacy in the fast becoming corporate domain that is rice research. Thus under the pretext of solving Vit A deficiency, these government agencies pretend to be itching to get golden rice on the ground. In reality, it has nothing to do with that objective but just a move to secure their place in the GM race for this important staple crop. It’s a big pie they too want a good slice of. “
Obviously, there are LARGE, GIGANTIC Transnational Corporations which are major players in this affair of pushing forward GMO ! Why? Yeah, business – ensuring the control over HUGE market of rice, which is the main staple food crop in the whole world, or in other words the main if not the ONLY food for billions of people! Merely India and China comprise 2.5+ bln people, that is almost half of the world’s population. And if you count whole Asia, Africa and all all others who consume rice grains in their daily diet – the number will be well over 50% of the world !
So, how to control rice trade? Come to think of it, it would be difficult, if not impossible. Because in most of countries, ordinary farmers grow their own rice for consumption, on family level, and also similar on National level. In other words, both on grassroot level of individual farmers and on National level of countries, more or less they are self-sufficient : they do not import rice from elsewhere.
Therefore the only possible way to take over this HUGE market would be – to do something which would ensure that farmers in ALL those rice producing countries can no longer grow rice from their own seeds ! And that is precisely what is going on on GLOBAL SCALE ! All those TNCs companies compete hard and are being helped in all possible ways by IRRI by hook or crook to push out local species of rice seeds, and slowly but surely replace them with THEIR OWN either hybrid or blatantly GMO seeds, that’s what “Terminator Technology” is all about : Farmers become forever dependent on BUYING SEEDS FROM THOSE CORPORATIONS or their agents and dealers! Even for their own daily consumption.
CONTROL THE SEEDS – AND YOU WILL CONTROL THE WHOLE WORLD – literally !
because in such a way you control all the stages of Food production, trade, distribution, consumption.
and what humans can do without food ? 😉
Now, what is IRRI and its role in the whole GM affair ?
“The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) … Its main goal is to find sustainable ways to improve the well being of present and future generations of poor rice farmers and consumers while at the same time protecting the natural environment.
IRRI was established in 1959 with support from the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations and the Philippine government. It is Asia’s largest non-profit agricultural research center.”
you get the drift ? 😉 Rockefeller Foundation – why I’m not surprised ? 😀
and what a nice touchy words, huh? “taking care of poor farmers” – WOW !
Here is how farmers express their “deep gratitude” to IRRI :
15 April 2010
“On 12 April 2010, close to 1000 farmers from different parts of the Philippines, joined with representatives of farmers organisations from other Asian countries such as Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam, to gather at the main gate of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos, Laguna (Philippines). Inside, IRRI celebrated its 50th anniversary, while outside these farmers were calling, once and for all, for IRRI’s abolition… IRRI’s 50th year should be its last…
As expected, none from IRRI’s top management came out. Here was an Institute that claims to feed half of the world’s population, yet it couldn’t face these poor farmers who spoke about the three million people who have already died of hunger since the start of this year, while 1.23 billion suffer from malnutrition. Here was an Institute that proclaims to be the home of the Green Revolution in Asia, yet it couldn’t afford to hear the real accounting of how its programmes have wreaked havoc on farmers’ fields across the region. Here was an Institute that vows to improve the health of rice farmers and ensure that rice production is environmentally sustainable, yet it refuses to acknowledge the casualties of its chemically-laden rice research operations. Several former field workers of IRRI died over the years from their exposure to hazardous chemicals while others, who were in the protest, continue to suffer from pesticide-related symptoms. Had anyone from IRRI’s management or trustees come out, they would have heard from several organisations in Asia that pesticide poisoning remains rampant among rice farmers who plant IRRI-developed varieties…
“IRRI is like a broker for large TNCs (transnational corporations)…
“We do not believe that IRRI’s rice research is for a better world. What IRRI is doing is rice science for a bitter world, for a corporate world, for TNCs world,”
“IRRI is the enemy of the Asia’s peasants. We want it out of the Philippines or anywhere in Asia. We want IRRI out now because it has done nothing for the people. IRRI is useless,” “
NICE ! Celebrated IRRI given due credits by those very farmers it supposedly self-proclaimedly strives to help, huh ? Or rather actually helps only those big TNCs, as farmers already figured out.
It is not the first time farmers call for IRRI’s closure: Groups call for IRRI’s closure
02 April 2010
“This week IRRI and the Belgian seed and biotech company Devgen announced a 4-year collaboration to develop drought-tolerant hybrid rice varieties…
This is the third agreement that IRRI has made with a multinational seed company under its Scientific Know-how Exchange Program (SKEP). The first was with DuPont in March 2009, also focussing on the development and commercialisation of hybrid rice varieties, and the second was last December, with Bayer… “
Bayer and other companies to oversee IRRI’s hybrid rice consortium
23 September 2008
On 23 July 2005
“…nearly half the farmers agreed that Thai farmers were not yet ready to embrace GM farming. The study said they were not sure about the risks associated with it. They wanted the state to educate them before encouraging them to adopt the technology…”
And last, but not the least, the final clue for who’s the major player in Thailand:
26 December 2003
“Charoen Pokphand Trading Group says it will introduce hybrid rice variety in Thailand in 2005 and plans to introduce hybrid jasmine variety in 2008 “
05 September 2008
“With the power struggle between political parties grabbing the headlines these days in Thailand, another power play is happening behind the scenes. Charoen Pokphand (CP), a Thai-based multinational conglomerate controlled by the family of Danin Chearavanont, involved in everything from poultry and seeds to telecommunications and real estate, is now making a big move for control over the country’s enormous rice economy– and hybrid rice is at the centre of its plan…
But Biothai, a Thai NGO that supports people’s control over biodiversity, was well-prepared to take on the Thai corporate giant. The day before CP’s highly publicised commercial release of its new hybrid rice seed varieties this past June, Biothai released a devastating report, detailing how CP’s varieties were not at all what the company was claiming.
CP advertised that its hybrid rice would yield between 20-50 per cent more than the other conventional varieties on the market, with a yield potential of over 9 tonnes per hectare. It also said that farmers would get higher incomes and would use less chemical inputs…
The farmers surveyed by Biothai also said that the quality of the CP rice was low, and not suitable to the local food markets. According to Biothai, CP buys the hybrid rice from farmers, processes it into parboiled rice and ships it to Africa. CP manages its hybrid rice seed business and its rice trading activities through its subsidiary CP Intertrade…
So far, Thailand’s Rice Department has said that it will not support hybrid rice, mainly because of its poor quality and the complex production process that it requires. But CP is a highly-connected, politically powerful company in Thailand and the company’s president, Danin Chearavanont, has put forward a plan to reorganise the country’s rice production. Danin is calling on the government to convert a large part of the rice area to growing rubber and palm oil (organised by CP of course), and to switch the remaining rice area to hybrid rice, which he says can both yield more and be grown three times a year as opposed to two.
Already, Biothai says CP’s hybrid rice push is advancing at the local level. The local agricultural officers are acting like promotional agents for CP and the rural banks are telling farmers that they won’t loan them money unless they use hybrid rice seeds.“
* CP Seven Eleven (Thailand)
* Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF Thailand).
* True Corporation Thailand.
* Concordian International School (Thailand).
* Magnolias Development (Thailand).
Among other Controversies, there is another curious thing indicating to CP’s involvement with GMO :
“A new species of fish called Pla-Tub-Tim is sold by the Charoen Pokphand Group. They are sold in the young period but they have been sterilized by genetic engineering. However, the law in Thailand does not prohibit the production or consumption of genetically modified food.”
Related articles :
Angry Thai farmers call for ban on GM rice
“The Monsanto representative finally spoke up and said that the company is only trying to improve the quality of life for people in the Third World, and villagers can choose not to use GM crops. China and Singapore, she said, are promoting and embracing the technology enthusiastically just so they won’t be dominated by foreign countries….
According to Devlin, a Chinese contact told him that they experienced the same problems with Monsanto’s GM cotton as in the US, with cotton balls dropping off when the crop was sprayed with Roundup. But the farmers were under contract to Monsanto to say nothing!
Monsanto was rebutted by a professor from Prince of Songkla University who dwelt on the importance of protecting Thailand as a centre of rice biodiversity, and who said that it would be very dangerous to release rice GMOs… Another forceful speaker from the floor said, ‘Monsanto, don’t try to push us! Academics and government officials ought to try to reach a clear understanding on how to protect the natural world. Instead Thailand is being dominated by a group of corporate scientists reaping benefits from the developing to the developed world. Small farmers are being forced into contractual arrangements, or bribery, and have no choice. The Philippines is taking an aggressive stand before the GM crops come in.’”
Rice production hit by Thailand floods
27. Oct, 2010
Thai flood damages large area of rice paddy fields
October 21, 2010
Thai Flood-Resistant Jasmine Rice To Be Available Next Year
“Apichart Vanavichit, director of the state-run Rice Gene Discovery Unit, said the research team first examined the weakness of regular jasmine rice eight years ago. It is popular with farmers in the north and northeast, but can’t tolerate flooding at critical times of the year…
“Researchers and local farmers should learn together in developing new varieties. That would pave the way for more sustainable preservation efforts,” said Apichart. “The government will further develop the strain and promote the new variety in a big way, which will be readily available next year,” he said. “