Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated 'Shri Narendra Modi Resilient Rice Field Laboratory' at Los Banos, in the Philippines. PM said his visit to International Rice Research Institute or IRRI was a great learning experience. He said, "Saw the exceptional work IRRI is doing towards mitigating poverty and hunger by improving rice cultivation. Their work benefits many farmers and consumers, particularly in Asia and Africa." PM saw a detailed exhibition on rice varieties and the impressive work done by IRRI with women farming cooperatives. A large number of Indian scientists are working in IRRI and contributing to Research and Development in these areas. While inaugurating the laboratory at Los Banos, PM Modi also presented two Indian rice seed varieties to the IRRI gene bank.