Chinese scientists report they’ve cultivated a high-yield, salt-resistant rice variety that boosts output to almost 2 1/2 tons per acre. Researchers from Hainan University planted 18 salt-resistant varieties on saline-alkali land along the sea coast in the city of Yancheng in China’s eastern Jiangsu province and identified one variety matching the output of varieties growing on normal farmland, China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency reported…Full Article: BlackSeaGrain Jan 2014

Key point

  • China has approximately 13.3 million hectares of saline-alkali soil (10% of its farmland)

ChinaAg Comment

  • From 1998 to 2003, Chinese rice production decreased an average of 4% per year, while yield declined from 6.4 MTs per ha to 6.1 MTs per ha. Starting in 2004, a number of provinces began using GM rice seed, but the use of such seeds were not officially approved until 2009. From 2004 to 2011, rice production increased an average of 3% annually, with yields reaching 6.7 MTs per ha.

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