Pakistan moves to introduce flood-tolerant rice varieties

Reuters: For the first time in years, Pakistani farmer Zulfiqar Ali cannot afford to sow winter wheat. Damage to his standing rice crop from heavy monsoon rains has left him penniless. "My rice crop on 18 hectares was flattened by lashing rains in July,' said Ali, standing next to his paddy field in Sialkot district, some 190 km (120 miles) from Islamabad, Pakistan's capital. "I have already landed in a debt trap, and my children have been hungry for many days.' Although Pakistan produces enough rice......

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