Tanzania has launched a five-year farming project aimed at doubling its rice production. The move came a few days after the government announced a ban on the imports of rice in order to create a bigger market for locally produced rice.
The Philippines' Agriculture Secretary announces his government is going ahead with a large-scale evaluation of three Basmati rice varieties for export to Kuwait and Qatar, while, at the same time, he says they are pursuing the outsourcing of hybrid rice production in Cambodia.
An article in domain-b is reporting that the Swiss seeds and pesticide giant Syngenta will be drawing on funds from the Indian government for the promotion of its hybrid rice seeds and pesticides.
The Financial Express reports on how farmers in Bangladesh are dumping hybridrice because of the poor sale price and says the burgeoning seed industry faces a crisis.