New Delhi, Oct 8 (UNI) In the face of growing pressure on one of Asia's most important food production systems, about 60 international rice scientists from 13 countries are gathering in Vietnam today for the 3rd Steering Committee meeting of the Irrigated Rice Research Consortium (IRRC) of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).
The IRRC is being hosted by the Vietnamese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS). High on the agenda is how to assist farmers with access to irrigation to be more efficient in their production of rice.
Irrigated rice production provides about 75 per cent of the world's rice needs, and has a particularly important role to play at the moment as international rice prices are at a 10-year high, while global stocks are at a 30-year low.
However, the rice scientists from 13 countries will highlight the problems being faced by irrigated rice farmers.
The IRRC, with major support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, promotes and sustains partnerships between national agricultural research and extension systems and the International Rice Research Institute to help farmers achieve increased profitability, food security, and environmental sustainability.
The IRRC operates in the India, Philippines, Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Based in the Philippines and with offices in 10 other Asian countries, IRRI is the world's leading rice research and training center.