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'New Rice for Africa' A Cross Between High-Yield Asian and Disease-Resistant African Varieti

With recent breakthrough in development of the New Rice for Africa (Nerica) for upland production systems and the high demand for rice, farmers from Western region are now embracing the venture, which gained popularity in India and Southeast Asia.

Over 100 million people now depend on the rice as their staple food. The Upland rice is grown in rain-fed fields prepared and seeded when dry, much like wheat or maize in mixed farming systems without irrigation and puddling.

This rice is a cross between varieties of high-yielding Asian rice and the robust and disease-resistant African rice.

Mariusz Kluzniak

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