Thursday, September 11, 2008

Chinese hybrid rice introduced to more than 40 countries and regions

Over 40 countries and regions have introduced hybrid rice from China, Ma Shuping, a senior official of Ministry of Agriculture revealed on Sept 10.

Some countries in Southeast Asia have seen sharp increase in rice production after introduction of hybrid rice. In this aspect China played an important role in securing global food supply, Ma said.

Currently in China the area of hybrid rice is 15 million hectares, accounting for 59% of total rice-planting area. Average annual production of hybrid rice amounts to 7200 kilograms per hectare.

President of China Seed Industrial Association Wan Baoguo said seed export reached 29,000 tons in 2007.

By People's Daily Online

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