Crop Biotech Update

Indonesia, China Launch Joint Hybrid Rice Research Program

January 7, 2011

Indonesia and China will join efforts in a hybrid rice research program. The collaboration was recently launched in Jakarta with representatives of Indonesia's agricultural ministry and China's Long Ping Hi Tech, and witnessed by Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Zhang Qiyue.

The three-year program started informally in April this year until 2013. Indonesian agricultural scientists and officials will be trained in China on the best hybrid rice variety that fits the country's soil and natural condition. This joint cooperation in both countries is hoped to technically and scientifically equip Indonesian rice breeders to further improve the average rice production in Indonesia that will eventually help achieve rice sufficiency in the country.

Details of this news can be viewed at http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-12/29/c_13669637.htm