Salt-Tolerant Rice

7 Mar

Studies regarding the production of salt-tolerant rice became popular during the aftermath of the tsunami attacks in some Asian countries. This emergence was because of the need to revive the production of rice–as quickly as possible. Salt-tolerant, from the word itself, is the ability to resist the salinity of water. When Indian Ocean tsunamis hit countries like Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, etc., the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) initiated in conducting studies in growing such kind of rice to help reconstruct the shattered industries of countries stated. This will be a very good leap of faith in the field of farming. Imagine the amount of water that will be saved from farming if rice will be grown salt-tolerant. Imagine the costs that will be saved if we spend less in the maintaining rice farms.

When will this technology be implemented in the Philippines? Just thinking. Since we are suffering from economic problems, I think that the government might as well adapt this innovation. We must not waste the geographical blessing we received, we are a tropical country and we sure have good soil to grow crops like rice. Sadly, we are one of the top rice-importing countries all over the world. When salt-tolerant rice enters our country, our economy will benefit a lot from this. Who knows, from one of the top rice-importing country, we’ll become the number one rice-exporting countries in the future.

“Many of those affected by the tsunami depended on local agriculture not just for food but also for their livelihoods,” said Ren Wang, deputy director-general for research at IRRI. Indeed, innovations like this are very in demand nowadays. The tsunamis may be old in age, and most countries might already recovered from its severe attack, but it would really help us in surviving the tragic effects of Mother Earth’s rage in the past, present, and even in the future.

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(Blog Entry #5)


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