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October 30 ,2018

Vol 9 ,Issue 10

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Senate urged to pass rice tariffication bill
October 28, 2018

By Ryan Ponce Pacpaco

A BICOLANO lawmaker has called on the Senate to pass its version of the rice
tariffication bill as soon as the Congress resumes session in November to clear the way for
its implementation next year, thus stabilizing retail prices of the staple and alleviating the
plight of ordinary Filipinos reeling from the inflation surge.

Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte said President Rodrigo Duterte‟s declaration of this import
liberalization bill as a priority or urgent measure should prompt the Senate to act on it with
dispatch as soon as the Congress resumes session on November 12.

“The prompt approval of the rice tariffication bill is the fastest way for both chambers of the
Congress to help President Duterte tame inflation and ease its impact on consumers -- most
especially this coming holiday season -- given that food expenses account for 9.7% of the
consumer price index,” said Villafuerte.

Also, he said the speedy approval of this measure will go a long way in boosting palay
productivity, which is a long-term approach to stabilizing the supply and price of the staple,
because it provides for the establishment of a Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF)
to bankroll farm modernization and other projects beneficial to local palay growers.

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Vietnam Jan-Oct coffee exports seen up 21.5 pct y/y; rice to
grow 3.4 pct y/y
OCTOBER 29, 2018

HANOI, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Vietnam‟s coffee exports volume for the January-October period is
expected to have grown 21.5 percent from the same period a year ago, while rice exports rose an
estimated 3.4 percent during the same period, government data showed on Monday.


Coffee exports from Vietnam will rise an estimated 21.5 percent between January and October
from a year ago to 1.58 million tonnes, equal to 26.3 million 60-kg bags, the General Statistics
Office said in a report on Monday.

Coffee export revenue for Vietnam, the world‟s biggest producer of the robusta bean, rose 1.1
percent to $2.98 billion in the 10-month period, the report said.

October coffee exports were estimated at 130,000 tonnes, worth $230 million.


Rice exports in January-October from Vietnam were forecast to rise 3.4 percent from a year ago
to 5.24 million tonnes. Revenue from rice exports in the period was forecast to grow 16.1 percent
year-on-year to $2.64 billion.

October rice exports from Vietnam, the world‟s third-largest shipper of the grain, were recorded
at 350,000 tonnes, worth $180 million.


Vietnam‟s January-October crude oil exports plunged 45.4 percent year-on-year to an estimated
3.22 million tonnes.

Crude oil export revenue in the first 10 months of 2018 fell 24.8 percent to $1.82 billion.

Oil product imports in the 10-month period were estimated at 10 million tonnes, falling 5.1
percent from the same period last year, while the value of product imports rose 20 percent to
$6.77 billion.
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Vietnam‟s January-to-October liquefied petroleum gas imports increased 5.7 percent from a year
earlier to 1.2 million tonnes. (Reporting by Mai Nguyen; Editing by Sunil Nair)

Five more rice mills get Chinese nod for exports



China has recently approved five more Indian rice mills for export of non-basmati rice, a move
that could help fuel shipments to the country. On Monday, India again pitched aggressively for
sale of its rice to China and urged the neighbouring country to open up its market further.

So far, a total of 24 Indian rice mills have received approval from Chinese authorities, Prashant
Lokhande, Economic and Commercial Counsellor at the Indian Embassy in Beijing said in a

For the first time, mills based in South India, such as Pattabhi Agro Foods Pvt Ltd and Sri
Lalitha Enterprises Industries Pvt Ltd, which have traditionally exported non-basmati rice, have
received Chinese approval.

With world-class quality and cost competitiveness, India has emerged as the biggest exporter of
rice in the world, Lokhande said. He hoped to have significant quantities of rice shipped to China
at the earliest to cater to the $1.5-$2 billion rice import.

BV Krishna Rao, MD, Pattabhi Agro Foods and President of the Rice Exporters Association,
told BusinessLine that the approval by Chinese authorities holds “potential to export over a
million tonnes of rice in an year's time”.

While India has been the largest exporter with annual shipments exceeding 10 mt for several
years, it has barely any share in China, which imports about 5 mt from the Philippines, Vietnam
and Pakistan. However, with the signing of a protocol on export of non-basmati rice in June, the
first shipment was made in September.

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Nigeria: Flood Destroys Over 100,000 Hectares of Rice
Farms in Jigawa - Rifan
Alhaji Adamu Maigoro, Chairman, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Jigawa
Chapter, on Friday said the recent flooding in the state destroyed over 100,000 hectares of rice

Maigoro told newsmen in Hadejia that over 10,000 registered members of the association were
affected by the flood.

"The 10,000 figures captured only the dry season rice farmers, who were supported with farm
inputs earlier in the year.

Ekiti Pensioners lament unpaid gratuities

" If you are asking about the entire rice farmers affected, the figures will definitely rise up to
over 50,000 farmers," he said.

The chairman listed areas hit by the flood to include; Ringim, Taura, Miga, Jahun, Auyo,
Kaugama, Mallam-madori, Hadejia, Guri, Kirikasamma, Gwaram, Buji, Birnin kudu and

Maigoro appealed to government at all levels to support the affected farmers who were still
struggling to cope with the heavy loss caused by the flood.

FG, Labour and the new minimum wage

"Though, government had assisted our members, we are still appealing to them to do more
because rice farmers are still battling with the shock of the worst flooding in recent times," he

The chairman expressed concern over delay in the completion of Hadejia Valley Irrigation
Scheme by the Federal Government.

"The first phase of the project, which starts from Auyo and ends at Hadejia, began 30 years ago
but as I speak with you, it has not been completed.

"Phase two of the project is supposed to continue from Hadejia to Yobe.

"Though, this administration has shown interest in completing the project and even expanded it,
there is an urgent need to complete it, if we truly government wants to end rice importation.

Monarch urges farmers to save for rainy day

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"We are very passionate about this because Jigawa has the potential to meet the entire nation's
rice demand," Maigoro said.

Newsmen report that no fewer than 21 persons died in the September flooding, which affected
thousands of farmers and washed away over 100,000 hectares of farmlands.

Rice Prices
as on : 30-10-2018 11:23:06 AM
Arrivals in tonnes;prices in Rs/quintal in domestic market.

Arrivals Price

Current % Season Modal Prev. Prev.Yr

change cumulative Modal %change


Cachar(ASM) 80.00 33.33 5402.00 2400 2400 9.09

Karimganj(ASM) 60.00 NC 1540.00 2400 2400 2.13

Vishalpur(UP) 21.00 -25 619.00 2375 2375 -

Jasra(UP) 20.00 -68.25 434.00 2300 2300 -

Naugarh(UP) 20.00 14.29 925.20 2255 2250 8.67

Wansi(UP) 20.00 11.11 824.00 2110 2115 -

Giridih(Jha) 13.32 8.2 818.14 3500 3500 NC

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Sahiyapur(UP) 11.50 21.05 2303.50 2240 2240 -

Paliakala(UP) 11.00 -15.38 1111.10 2290 2280 -

Vilthararoad(UP) 10.00 NC 391.00 2150 2150 NC

Anandnagar(UP) 8.00 700 80.00 2100 2300 -

Tamkuhi Road(UP) 6.00 9.09 974.00 2150 2150 -

Chitwadagaon(UP) 6.00 -33.33 365.70 2100 2100 -1.41

Nautnava(UP) 5.00 400 36.50 2250 2250 10.29

Ruperdeeha(UP) 5.00 -50 254.00 1600 1600 -

Mau(Chitrakut)(UP) 4.00 60 47.20 1835 1815 -

Dibrugarh(ASM) 2.80 -48.15 744.50 2920 2920 29.78

Balarampur(WB) 1.80 NC 87.95 2640 2640 12.34

Chandoli(UP) 1.40 -17.65 236.30 2345 2360 -

Khair(UP) 1.00 -33.33 1173.60 2530 2530 -0.78

Jagnair(UP) 0.80 NC 80.40 2570 2550 1.18

Khairagarh(UP) 0.80 NC 115.20 2560 2560 1.59

Champaknagar(Tri) 0.60 - 1.20 3100 - -

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Achnera(UP) 0.60 -14.29 20.60 2550 2560 NC

Kasipur(WB) 0.51 -1.92 4.98 2650 2630 15.22

Published on October 30, 2018

Attendees 'Think Rice' at Annual FNCE Show

By Lesley Dixon

WASHINGTON, DC -- Last week, more than 10,000 dietitians, food policy makers, healthcare
providers, nutrition scientists and researchers, and food industry leaders from around the globe
gathered in the nation's capital to attend the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' 2018 Food &
Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE). As an exhibitor, USA Rice promoted U.S. rice
messaging, addressed nutrition and food safety questions, and debuted the new "RD-Approved
Guide to U.S.-grown Rice" toolkit that was distributed via branded USB flashdrives.

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At the new USA Rice booth, visual aids helped attendees understand the differences in U.S.-
grown rice varieties and, of course, everyone lined up to test their knowledge on the famous
Think Rice trivia wheel.

"The FNCE show is a very important event in the Domestic Promotion annual plan," said
Cameron Jacobs, USA Rice manager of domestic promotion, who manned the booth. "The
conference and expo brings together our target audience for USA Rice's nutrition and
foodservice programs, and provides a great platform for USA Rice to position itself as the
ultimate resource when it comes to all aspects of the U.S. rice industry from nutrition to sourcing
and recipe production."

Outside of the booth's traditional offerings, USA Rice conducted a survey of more than 150
health professionals to gain stronger insight on rice attitudes and usage.

"Collecting real industry feedback gives us a better understanding of consumer interests and
needs, while reinforcing our message that U.S.-grown rice is a central component of a healthy,
well-balanced diet in both schools and homes," said Jacobs. "We'll be sharing these findings as
soon as they have been tallied and interpreted."

Reschke appointed to wild rice task force

on Oct 28, 2018 at 9:15 p.m.

Reschke appointed to wild rice task force

Natural Resources Research Institute Aquatic Vegetation Scientist Carol Reschke has been
appointed to Governor Dayton's Wild Rice Task Force. Her expertise will help the group of
experts and stakeholders find a compromise solution to wild rice restoration and protection in

Reschke is currently researching the microbial communities of wild rice and competing emergent
plants that often displace wild rice.

The Governor appointed Task Force is comprised of representatives from Tribal Nations,
industry, environmental advocacy groups, scientists, state government agencies and others.

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NRRIs is to deliver research solutions to balance our economy, resources and environment for
resilient communities.

ast updated:

Millers get paddy worth ~700 cr without giving bank

30, 2018, 12:03 AM; Oct 30, 2018, 12:03 AM (IST)

Process on guarantee, mortgage to be completed in 2-3 days: DFSC

Paddy being loaded at the anaj mandi in Karnal. Sayeed Ahmed

Parveen Arora
Tribune News Service
Karnal, October 28

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In a major lapse, the Food and Civil Supplies Department has allegedly issued paddy worth
around Rs 700 crore to around 70 new and leased rice mills without obtaining bank guarantee or
documentation pertaining to mortgage of property equivalent to 5 per cent of cost of allotted
paddy for custom milled rice (CMR).

Officials concerned refused to confirm the figures of paddy. Sources in the department said
5,000 metric tonnes (MT) paddy was given to a mill with 2 MT capacity, 6,000 MT to a mill
with 3 MT capacity and 7,000 MT to a mill with 4 MT capacity.

Considering an average of around 6,000 MT allotted to each mill, around 4 lakh MT costing
around Rs 708 crore at a rate of Rs 1,770 per quintal had been allotted to millers so far without
seeking their documents.

On October 18, the Additional Director (Procurement) issued a circular, directing procurement
agencies to take 5 per cent bank guarantee with guarantee of two rice mills which had delivered
CMR during the last three years.

New rice millers had to mortgage the property equal to 5 per cent of the value of paddy allotted
with additional guarantee of two rice mills which had delivered CMR during the last three years.
Kushal Boora, DFSC, admitted the issuance of paddy to some millers without taking bank

He said they received the order on bank guarantee on October 19 and started the process to
collect bank guarantee and documentation of mortgage. “We will complete this process in two or
three days,” he said.

Minister Karan Dev Kamboj claimed it to be a lapse. He said an inquiry would be initiated to fix
responsibility. If anyone was found guilty, action would be taken against the erring officials, he

Tiny gyroscope the size of a grain of rice could help shrink

gadgets even further
David Nield

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October 28th, 2018

This optical gyroscope is 500 times smaller than existing models(Credit: Caltech)

The electronics inside consumer gadgets are often miniaturized versions of bigger components –
like phone cameras, for instance – and that applies to the gyroscopes used to help a device
orientate itself in 3D space. Now scientists have worked out a way of making these gyroscopes
much, much smaller.

How small? Well, smaller than a grain of rice in fact. If you're hoping your next phone is going
to be an easier fit inside your pocket – or even small enough to clip to your wrist – then this is
one of the innovations that might help.

"The proof-of-concept device is capable of detecting phase shifts 30 times smaller than state-of-
the-art miniature fibre-optic gyroscopes, despite being 500 times smaller in size," explains the
team behind the work.

Today's wearables, smartphones, and drones use microelectromechanical (MEMS) sensors as

gyroscopes, to work out how they are being rotated: it's how your phone knows to switch from
portrait to landscape mode when you turn it around.

These electronic gyroscopes are much smaller than the rotating, nested wheels that made up the
first models, but they're not always as accurate as they could be. That's led to the development of
optical gyroscopes that use a split beam of light to get their bearings – what's known as the
Sagnac effect.

While optical gyroscopes improve accuracy, up until now they haven't been any smaller than a
golf ball. That brings us to the new research from scientists from the California Institute of
Technology (Caltech), who have used a technique they call "reciprocal sensitivity enhancement"
to make optical gyroscopes substantially smaller.

The Sagnac effect works by detecting very slight variations in the two beams of light split from a
single source: those differences can be decoded by the gyroscope to judge rotation and
orientation. The trick that the researchers have pulled off is to weed out some of the noise from
these signals while maintaining the variations essential to the Sagnac effect (so "reciprocal" in
affecting both light beams together).

That reduced noise – or "sensitivity enhancement" – means the whole system can work with
weaker signals, and that means everything can be shrunk right down. The work has been
published in Nature Photonics.

As is the case with any research of this type, it's going to take a long time for the technology to
make its way from the laboratory to a gadget being sold on the shelves of your local electronics
store, but now you know what's in the pipeline: super-small gyroscopes that are more accurate
than ever before.

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Death by Harvest: A Story of Tractor Breakdowns!

Tractor breakdowns prevented a smooth second half of our 2018 California rice harvest. It was
rare having all three of our harvest combines cutting rice at the same time.

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President Xi to visit Pakistan next month

ImaduddinOctober 28, 2018

BEIJING: Chinese President, Xi Jinping will visit pavilion being set up by Pakistan at the
China International Import Expo (CIIE) which is scheduled to be held in Shanghai from
November 5 to 10.

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“Pakistan, a country of honor, is setting up its pavilion to display its products and it is hoped that
President Xi Jinping will visit our pavilion,” Pakistan Ambassador to China, Masood Khalid told
APP here on Sunday.
He said that Pakistan would exhibit its main products and highlight the development process and
achievements in science and technology, information technology and other areas besides
projecting the government‟s priorities.
Ambassador Khalid said that Pakistani companies and entrepreneurs would introduce their
market potential and exhibit products at the expo and play an important role to further enhance
economic cooperation with Chinese companies and the business community.
Pointing out other factors of the expo beneficial for Pakistan, he said, the business groups and
companies from the US, Europe and other parts of the world would also be participating and
exhibiting their products.
The expo would see the participation of more than 2,800 companies from 130 countries and
regions, and 160,000 buyers from over 80,000 Chinese and foreign companies.
“Our businessmen and traders will have an opportunity to interact with only their Chinese
counterpart but also introduce themselves to the business community of other countries as well,”
he added.
According to experts, the expo would create more opportunities for extensive and in-depth trade
cooperation between Pakistan and China.
A look at China‟s market reveals that it was the world‟s biggest destination for agricultural
products including grains, cotton, sugar, meat, and milk – and Pakistan produces almost all of
these in abundance.
Connecting the agro potential of Pakistan with China‟s opening up measures, the expo would
help in exploring new trade avenues.
One-third of Pakistan‟s total agricultural export was rice. Just a few years back, China was the
second largest buyer of Pakistan‟s non-basmati type rice but the continuously evolving
arrangements have changed the scenario.
Nonetheless, traders and governments from both countries had recently shown a willingness to
resume their high-volume trade.
After a positive response from the Chinese side to Pakistan‟s request for preferential treatment
during the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) discussions, it was expected that the commodity‟s
export to China would increase.
Pakistan was the world‟s fourth largest producer of cotton and had Asia‟s third largest spinning
capacity. Several factors, including the higher competitiveness of products and the U.S. dollar‟s
surge against the local currency, boosted its textile exports to around nine percent in the last
financial year.
Fruits also formed a strong part of Pakistan‟s export base. Most prominent among these was a
citrus variant known as kinnow which hit a record high export figures of 370,000 tons in the

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2017-18season. Experts believed that Pakistan had an immediate capacity of exporting 50 to 80
thousand tons of kinnow to China in the next three years.
Mangoes, revered as the king of fruits in Pakistan, were another of its major exports. Shipping
starts in the month of May but was mostly headed to Europe. This year‟s increased queries from
Chinese buyers, however, would lead to an expanded share in China.

Indian makes pitch to export rice to China; urges it to open

up its USD 2 bn rice market
PTI|Oct 29, 2018, 05.55 PM IST

A K Gupta of the Agricultural & Processed Food Products

Export Development Authority, said that though India exports
more than 12 million MT of rice every year, none comes to

By K J M Varma

BEIJING: The world's biggest exporter of rice, on Monday

made a big pitch to export its rice varieties to China and urged it
to open up its USD 2 billion rice import market based on an
agreement signed between the two nations during Prime
Minister Narendra Modi's visit to China in June.

A protocol on the exports of non-Basmati Rice from India to China was signed in the presence of
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting at
Qingdao in June on the sideline of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit.

Subsequently, the Chinese authorities visited India to inspect the rice mills and last week
approved 24 Indian rice mills for exports of rice to China, the Indian Embassy here said in a

Out of the 24 approved mills, six attended a seminar and business to business meeting. In which
44 Chinese importers including China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation
(COFCO) took part.

The China Chamber of Commerce of Foodstuffs and Native Products (CFNA) partnered with the
Indian Embassy for the event.

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With world class quality and cost competitiveness, India has emerged as the biggest exporter of
rice in the world, Prashant Lokhande, Economic and Commercial Counsellor at the Indian
Embassy, said outlining the nature of the bilateral trade and prospects of exports of Indian rice.

Thanking the Chinese authorities for opening up non-basmati rice imports from India, he hoped
to have significant quantities of rice shipped to China at the earliest to cater to USD 1.5 billion to
USD 2 billion rice import market of China, the statement from the embassy said.

Bian Zhenhu, the president of CFNA, expressed satisfaction on the growth of bilateral trade
between the two countries.

A K Gupta of the Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, said
that though India exports more than 12 million MT of rice every year, none comes to China.

He appealed Chinese importers to try rich varieties of Indian rice which can suit all tastes and
requirements including as ingredient in the processed food, he said

Royal launch for high-yield hybrid Sembada 188 rice

October 30, 2018

| Rokiah Mahmud

BRUNEIANS will soon be seeing a new type of rice on their meal plates, the Sembada 188, after
initial planting for the variety took place at the Wasan Agricultural Development Area (KKP
Wasan) yesterday.

Gracing and launching the event was His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu‟izzaddin
Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar „Ali Saifuddien Sa‟adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan
and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, who chipped in to plant the first seedlings of the
high-yield paddy.

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The project, aimed at boosting local rice production, is a collaborative effort following research
done by the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood, Ministry of Primary Resources and
Tourism (MPRT) and PT Biogene Plantation of Indonesia.

It is scheduled to be carried out for three seasons – the first phase in May 2016 and ended in
March this year.

Studies have found that Sembada 188 has an average yield of five to six tonnes per hectare per

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu‟izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji
Omar „Ali Saifuddien Sa‟adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei
Darussalam plants the high-yield hybrid variety paddy. – JAMES KON

The variety‟s seeds are being imported from Indonesia through Yaz & Wyn Enterprise, a local
company appointed as the sole distributor for the seeds in Brunei Darussalam.

The Sembada 188 pilot planting project launched yesterday covers 35 hectares of agricultural
land and involves 19 farmers from Setia Kawan Cooperative (KOSEKA).

“Before deciding on Sembada 188, we went through three planting trials which began three years
ago, using Sembada B9, Sembada 188, Sembada 626 and Sembada 989 seeds,” Head Director of
PT Biogene Plantation Bambang Puwardi Priyono explained in an interview.

“Out of the four, Sembada 188 has been chosen for the collaboration as it is capable of producing
twice the yield compared to other varieties.”

Idol si Trump! Gov Marcos: Make agriculture great again

Oct 29, 2018 @ 17:33

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Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos said she wants to make agriculture in the country “great

The Ilocos Norte politiko said that despite the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
producing high-yielding rice strains, these were not distributed to many farmers.
Marcos said the Ilocos Norte provincial government had to directly support its farmers.
“This is why we poured local government support to farmers in Ilocos Norte, including the
needed infrastructure,” she said.
“We buy rice directly from the farms at the right price and sell them at the same price in our
Kadiwa stores,” Marcos added.She also urged other provinces to emulate Ilocos Norte‟s
agricultural programs.
“If the Ilocos Norte provincial government can do it, we can do it in other provinces as well.
Let‟s make agriculture great again!” Marcos said.

China sets new hybrid rice yield record

By Xu Hailin Source:Global Times Published: 2018/10/30 16:38:40

China has set a new world record for super hybrid rice yields at 18 tons per hectare at a
demonstration base in Handan, North China's Hebei Province.

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The rice was planted in 6.8 hectares of a demonstration base at the Hebei Silicon Valley
Academy of Agricultural Sciences, the only private academy of agricultural sciences in Hebei.

Researchers harvested 18 tons per hectare of the Xiangliangyou 900 super hybrid rice. The
amount was verified by five third-party experts from Wuhan-based Huazhong Agricultural
University and Hebei Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences, the Xinhua News Agency
reported on Tuesday.

Three smaller fields with a total area of 0.23 hectares were chosen randomly and examined for
yield, Xinhua reported. The yield per hectare of the Xiangliangyou 900 super hybrid rice in 2017
was 17.25 tons.

"Thirty percent more than the yield of previous varieties of super hybrid rice, the record shows
that the revolutionary third-generation technology is mature enough to be adopted in fields
across China," Li Xinqi, a research fellow at the Hunan Hybrid Rice Research Center, a division
of the China National Hybrid Rice R&D Center, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

"The rice could meet China's demand for food, offering powerful support to the country's grain
security," Li said.

Good seeds, good fertilizers and proper management of the fields were the reasons for the
increasing yield, Tu Shuxin, a professor at Huazhong Agricultural University, was quoted as
saying by Xinhua.

"Government policy support is indispensable in promoting the rice," Li noted.

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