Crops | VOL. 9, ISSUE 56, September-October 2009 |

A Rice Gene to Tackle Floods and Feed Families

Orissa has long been held hostage to extreme weather. A State Government’s document, ‘Status of Agriculture in Orissa’ (July 2008), records that over 48 years - from 1961 to 2008 - this eastern coastal State has had to grapple with floods 21 times, drought 15 times, and has faced 5 cyclones. Moreover, for the first time in 2001 and again in 2006, the traditionally drought-prone hilly districts had to tackle floods leaving families in 25 out of 30 districts in...

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