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50th Anniversary Celebrated for Rice That Prevented Asia Famines

Back in 1966, Nekkanti Subha Rao, a farmer in India’s southern state of Andhra Pradesh planted a semi-dwarf rice variety developed by the International Rice Research Institute on 1,000 hectares of land.  Crossbred from a tall variety in Indonesia and a dwarf variety in China, IR8 was the world’s first high yielding rice and is credited with having prevented famines and sparking the Green Revolution in rice in Asia. As India and the International Rice Research Institute in the...

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