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A rice revolution for Africa?

August 31st, 2016 / IOL Business News, South Africa

The first hybrid rice varieties developed in sub-Saharan Africa are yielding up to four times more than other improved varieties, say scientists, who are using web-based tools to identify the right climate conditions to maximise harvests. The 15 hybrids, bred in Kenya and Tanzania, are also tolerant to diseases and …

A biofortified rice high in iron and zinc is set to combat hidden hunger in developing countries

August 22nd, 2016 / Phys.org

Rice is the staple food for billions of people throughout the developing world. But beyond easing hunger pains and providing carbohydrates for energy, it has little nutritional value. It means many people who depend on rice as a staple food are effectively being starved of essential micronutrients such as iron, …

International research makes breakthrough on highly drought-resistant rice and wheat

July 25th, 2016 / Science Daily, US

International research led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found how plants, such as rice and wheat, sense and respond to extreme drought stress, in a breakthrough that could lead to the development of next-generation drought-proof crops. See …

Tanzania: new hybrid rice seed brings hope

July 25th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Farmers in Mvomero district have been cautioned against the use of unregistered seeds to avoid incurring losses due to low crop production. Acting Mvomero District Agriculture Officer, Lucy Mazengo, made the call on Wednesday when addressing farmer groups from villages in Dakawa Ward in Mvomero district. More than 60 farmers …

This is Rotimi Williams, the 35-year-old entrepreneur who owns Nigeria’s 2nd largest rice farm

June 29th, 2016 / Bella Naija, Nigeria

“I had the opportunity to travel around a few African countries. These trips exposed me to countries like Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia and Ghana. A common thread amongst the aforementioned nations is agriculture. Agriculture is at the very core of these countries and this got me thinking.” Read …

GMO rice strain yields more, requires less fertilizer

June 17th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

A strain of genetically modified rice that promises 50 per cent greater yield and uses significantly less fertiliser has been developed by British scientists. Researchers have shown in field trials in China that a particular protein found naturally in rice helps it to access more of the nitrogen in soil …

Project develops first ever rice hybrids for farmers in Africa

June 2nd, 2016 / Elkurebedotcom, Nigeria

Rice farmers in Africa are set to dramatically increase their productivity with the new hybrid varieties that are capable of yielding up to 7 tonnes per hectare, courtesy of a public private partnership, Breeding by Design Project. According to a release issued by the head of Communications and Partnerships …

Labana Rice Mills, a reliable partner – USAID

April 19th, 2016 / elkurebedotcom

B4FA Fellow, Abdallah el-Kurebe reports: USAID Markets II declared Labana Rice Mills, among other rice millers in Nigeria, as a reliable partner for sustainable economic growth. Experts from the Agency, led by the Director of Economic Growth and Environment, Mr. Nduka Okaro are undergoing assessment tours to ascertain the Agency’s impact …

New rice seed promises high yields, income

March 16th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

New rice varieties that will enable growing of the crop with less pesticides, less fertilizers and less water have showed yields of 20-30 times more than traditional ones under trials on farmers’ fields. Read …

Immunity gene fusions discovered in plants

February 26th, 2016 / ISAAA

A certain class of plant immune receptors has been identified to be highly informative about plant disease resistance. Nucleotide-binding Leucine-Rich Repeat receptors (NLRs) with additional integrated domains that act as ‘baits’ for the pathogen have been identified in rice and thale cress, and experimentally shown to be involved in disease …