China, Indonesia to cooperate on hybrid rice research

12:19, December 30, 2010      

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A hybrid rice technology cooperation project was officially launched by China and Indonesia in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia on Dec. 29.

Zhang Qiyue, Chinese ambassador to Indonesia; Haryono, director-general of the Indonesian Agricultural Ministry's Research and Development Section; Chen Peng, president and director of Yuan Long Ping High-Tech Agriculture and others attended the launch ceremony.

The start of the research, which was a signal of improving relations between the two countries, was overseen by representatives of Indonesia's Agricultural Ministry and Yuan Long Ping High-Tech Agriculture, one of China's well-regarded crop varieties development firms, and presided over by Zhang.

The program is designed to be in effect for three years, starting from April this year and ending in 2013.

Referring to two hybrid rice strains brought to the ceremony site, Chen said the two strains were developed by Yuan Long Ping and particularly designed for Indonesian natural terrain.

"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 stains of rice for Indonesia," he said.

By Zhang Qian, People's Daily Online
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