G-8 fund eyed for 2 food production projects

Agri department seeking US help.

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture is enlisting the United States’ help in getting G-8 funding for two food security projects worth a total of $140 million.

One is a $120-million joint program to be implemented by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (Philrice) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

Philrice and IRRI are collaborating on testing and distributing saline-resistant palay seeds for coastal areas and drought-resistant seeds that will require 30 to 40 percent less water than what regular varieties need.

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