Bangor University

Helping farmers in Nepal and India

Research by Prof. John Witcombe at Bangor University led to the creation of 10 new rice varieties which have brought huge benefits for farmers in Nepal and India and has helped improve the livelihoods of over five million households. These varieties of rice are superior in their good taste, drought tolerance and have high pest-resistance properties. They are grown on at least 500,000 hectares and provide up to 40% yield advantage over the traditionally grown varieties.

It is estimated that two of the rice varieties – known as Ashoka – alone are providing benefits of £17 million annually to the poorest farming households in India.

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