China will launch a special scientific research project to develop a new super rice strain, expected to produce a bumper harvest of 14.9 metric tons a hectare, Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu said on Tuesday. The project, to be undertaken by agricultural scientist Yuan Longping, known as the “father of hybrid rice” for developing the first hybrid rice varieties in the 1970s, will realize its target within the next five to eight years, Han said in Sanya, Hainan province…Full-text article: China Daily Apr 2013

Key points

  • To date, China has approved the use of 96 varieties of “super” rice strains, which accounts for 7.4 million ha or ~1/4 of the country’s farmland dedicated to rice production
  • In November 2012, Yongyou 12, a super rice strain was tested on an 8.5 ha plot and yielded 14.38 metric per hectare

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  • In 2011, the average rice yield in China was 6.7 metric tons per ha

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