Biotechnology in Asia Part 3

This is the third part of our video series on biotechnology in Asia. So far this week we have been looking at how biotech is changing lives for the most vulnerable across the continent. In this video we turn our attention to India where flood tolerant rice is helping farmers and benefiting the local food chain. Previously local farmers would lose their rice crop to floods every 2-3 years. But not anymore thanks to some high tech advancements.

Biotech helped to change the way farmers work
The Swarm-Sub 1 variety developed through biotech can survive underwater for up to 15 days and still provide a good yield. This means farmers don’t lose their crops and a significant source of food remains constant.

Building upon this success, Researchers are now hoping to develop a variety which is also drought resistant.