China and Indonesia have officially launched a hybrid rice technology cooperation project to produce better hybrid rice strains.
The research, which will take three years, is being overseen by Indonesia’s Agricultural Ministry and Yuan Long Ping High-Tech Agriculture, one of China’s crop varieties development firms.
Already two hybrid rice strains developed by Yuan Long Ping and specifically designed for Indonesia have been planted.
English People’s Daily Online reports Chen Peng, president and director of Yuan Long Ping, as saying, "These two strains feature higher yield – much higher than most on the Indonesian market – and better quality. They are the achievement of our plan to develop particular strains of rice for Indonesia."