Rice farmers in the Philippines can now get advice via their mobile phone on the optimal timing, amount, and type of fertilizer to apply to their rice crop to maximize production and profit, and reduce waste.
Since its debut in the Philippines a year ago, Nutrient Manager for Rice Mobile (NMRiceMobile)—designed to give fertilizer guidelines to rice farmers via their mobile phones—is now available via smartphones with Android operating systems.
To prevent devastating insect pest outbreaks in rice that cause millions of dollars of damage, IRRI has called for a ban on certain insecticides in rice production as part of its new Action plan to reduce planthopper damage to rice crops in Asia.
New York, USA - The number of people suffering from chronic hunger reached a record one billion globally in 2009, with Asia accounting for approximately two-thirds of the world’s hungry.
Southeast Asian rice farmers are harvesting an extra US$1.46 billion worth of rice a year as a result of rice…
Los Baños, Philippines – The version of the gene primarily responsible for the aroma in Thai Jasmine rice is found…
Rice consumers worldwide can now look forward to eating “green” rice with the launch of an initiative that will set environmentally sustainable and socially responsible rice production management standards.
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has applauded the Thai Sustainable Planthopper initiative to restrict the use of two types of insecticides that are a major cause of outbreaks of brown planthoppers.
When it comes to flooding, not all crops are created equal—some survive, while others don’t.
New Delhi, India – Farmers cultivating rice on 12 million hectares of flood-prone areas in India are planting flood-tolerant rice…
Scientists have pinpointed a gene that enables rice plants to produce around 20% more grain by increasing uptake of phosphorus.