LOS BANOS, Philippines (AFP) –‘s farm sector is reeling from outbreaks of pests and disease that could threaten its neighbours including , according to one of the world’s leading rice experts.
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and the world scientific community have yet to find a way to prevent another crop failure following a virus attack on rice crops last year, said Robert Zeigler, head of the (IRRI).
Vietnam is the fifth-largest rice producer and number three exporter in the world, and last year’s troubles hit some of the best rice-growing areas, Zeigler told AFP in an interview at the Institute, just south of.
“The fact is, they got taken by surprise and they had some significant yield losses that they were just not….
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