China’s National Rice Research Institute is looking to tap into seed markets in Southeast Asia, Africa and South America as it promotes its hybrid rice varieties over the next five years. Cheng Shihua, director general of the institute, said it will promote its hybrid rice seeds in emerging markets. “We have conducted a number of tests on new rice varieties in rice paddies overseas. More often than not, our hybrids produce 30 percent higher yields than local varieties,” he said…Full Article: China Daily Jan 2016

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  • Based in Hangzhou, China’s National Rice Research Institute will establish a joint venture with an Indonesian company to develop hybrid rice.

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  • In 2013, China had approved 96 varieties of super hybrid rice strains, with cultivation reportedly occurring on 4 million ha or roughly 24% of China’s rice paddy fields.
  • Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, Zhejiang Wuwangnong Seedling is an agricultural biotechnology company that produces and markets rice, wheat, rapeseed, corn, cotton, vegetables (e.g. cabbage, broccoli, broad beans, kidney beans, pumpkins), watermelons, and tomatoes. The company works with the China National Rice Research Institute and Zhejiang University to develop seeds.

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