Manila : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday tried a hand at agriculture as he visited the International Rice Research Institute in Los Banos, Philippines. He also inaugurated the Resilient Rice Field Laboratory The PM is in the Philippines to attend the India – ASEAN summit.
At the institute, PM Modi listened patiently about various interesting researches on rice. He was briefed about the flood-tolerant rice varieties that can withstand submergence for 14-18 days.
“PM Narendra Modi being briefed on flood-tolerant rice varieties which withstand 14-18 days of submergence. Grown by more than 4 mn farmers in India, these varieties provide 1-3 tons more yield per hectare in flood affected areas, which is key to food security and farmers’ income,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) captioned a picture it shared on Twitter.“ Dr. Ranjitha Puskur explained about the support provided to women for transforming agriculture .IRRI and its partners provided 2,00,000 women famers in Odisha with capacity building programs, stress- tolerant rice varieties and improved agriculture technology,” said another tweet. A large number of Indian scientists work at the IRRI. They briefed PM Modi on benefits of special rice varieties can provide substantial benefits to the Indian farmers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet the US president Donald Trump on Monday. Cooperation on anti- terror activities, China’s growing domination in South China Sea, and trade ties are top on the agenda. They may also discuss the Quadrilateral alliance between India,US , Australia and Japan to counter China’s One Belt One Road initiative which passed through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.