ETHIOPIA DEVELOPS NEW RICE VARIETY WITH A YIELD DOUBLE THAT OF OTHER VARIETIES

ADDIS ABABA, May 1– Ethiopia’s Agricultural Research Institute (ARI) has developed a new variety of rice which yields more than twice the amount of rice compared with other varieties, says the Deputy Director for Crop Research at the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Endale Gebre.

He told ENA here Wednesday that the new variety had a yield of 104 quintals (10.4 tonnes) per hectare while the other varieties currently cultivated in the country yielded only 50 quintals per hectare during the regular rainy season.

The new variety could contribute towards meeting the growing demand for rice in the country, he added.

Moreover, the new variety had significant potential for making the nation food self-sufficient as it is possible to obtain high yields by cultivating it through irrigation, according to Dr. Endale.

The new variety yields more rice than those recorded in the major rice-producing countries, he stated.

In Ethiopia, rice is grown in Tigray, Benishagul-Gumuz, Oromia, Somali and SNNP (Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples) regional states.

Dr Endale urged reresearch to expedite the familiarization of the new variety to farmers. Africa imports rice worth 12 billion USD annually.

SOURCE: ENA

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