South Asia

Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015 | 02:50:09 AM

Salt-resistant Paddy: A new strain of paddy developed by the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute offers hope to coastal farmers who are abandoning paddy farming due to soil salinity. The new salt-resistant paddy—BRRI Dhan 47—can withstand 12-14 deci-siemens per metre (dS/m) conductivity (higher electricity conductivity indicates higher salinity) while they are tender and 6 dS/m conductivity in its lifespan of 155 days. The strain can be grown in shrimp enclosures also. More than one million hectares in Bangladesh is affected by salinity.

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