A China-developed drought-resistant rice breed and its farming method have been introduced to nine countries, mainly in southeast Asia and Africa, according to an agricultural academy in east China’s Anhui Province. Dr. Wang Shimei, of the Rice Research Institute of the Anhui Agricultural Academy, said the plantation area of the Lyuhan No. 1 (Green Drought) rice breed had reached 2.3 million hectares in China…Full Article: Xinhua Oct 2017

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  • In June 2017, farm technicians from ten countries, including Uganda and Egypt, visited China to learn about drought tolerant rice.
  • In 2009, according to a researcher from the Rice Research Institute of the Anhui Agricultural Academy, Lyuhan No. 1 (Green Drought) rice was introduced into Angola and has reached 10,000 hectares (as of 2017). The drought tolerant rice has also been cultivated in the Philippines, Cambodia, Pakistan, and Cameroon.

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  • In October 2016, China signed an agreement with Angola to finance the construction of the Agricultural Technologies Demonstration Centre. The center will be built in Mazozo, Icolo e Bengo, Luanda Province. In total, the agricultural project will encompass 54 hectares and will promote animal husbandry (livestock), crop production, and food processing.
  • In July 2015, Liaoning Province suffered from drought conditions. The drought was reportedly been caused the El Niño weather phenomenon. El Niño describes the phenomenon when sea surface temperature in the equatorial Pacific Ocean becomes unusually warm. El Niño can adversely affect the amount of rainfall Pacific coast countries receive and last appeared in 2010. China stated it would allocate CNY 135 million (USD 21.7 million) to fight the drought. During the same month, a visiting delegation from Zhejiang’s Chamber of Commerce stated they would help develop the agricultural sector of Angola’s Huambo. The Secretary General of the Huambo provincial government stated 50 ha of land would be set aside for agricultural training.
  • In August 2014, Liaoning Province suffered from a drought owing to poor rainfall (July to August). An estimated that 7.07 million mu (~471,333 ha) of crops were destroyed in Liaoning, with a net loss of 5 million MTs of foodstuffs. The 2014 drought also affected the provinces and regions of Sichuan, Guangxi, Fujian, Henan, Hubei, Shandong, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, and Jilin.
  • As of 2010, drought-resistant rice varieties in China included, but not limited to, Japonica varieties (i.e. Huhan3, Mowanggunei, and Ganlangu) and Indica varieties (i.e. Zhonghan 210, Zhonghang 3, Jinhuangzhan, Yunlu 99, Qingsizhan1, Huhan 15, Handao3, and Maniangu).

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