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Indian Prime Minister Discusses Agri Innovations with IRRI Rice Scientists

November 15, 2017

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed agricultural innovations with rice scientists at the International Rice Research Institute during his visit to the IRRI Headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines on November 13, 2017.

PM Modi also inaugurated the Resilient Rice Field Laboratory at IRRI, where the primary scientific research conducted is the development of high-yielding, stress-tolerant rice varieties for the region. Some of the varieties are being tested locally at the IRRI South Asia Regional Centre in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.

"India's demonstrated leadership in agriculture and agricultural science in the region is a real benefit to farmers not only in India but also across SAARC, ASEAN and Sub-Saharan Africa in mitigating the risk of climate change for rice farmers," said Dr. Matthew Morell, IRRI Director General.

PM Modi is in the Philippines for the ASEAN Summit meetings.

Read the news release from IRRI.