This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Principally based on Projects R6519, R5243, R5244, R5245. A suite of new
techniques to tackle the devastating rice losses caused by tungro is now
helping small-scale farmers in Indonesia, the Philippines and India.
Better understanding of the leafhopper insect that spreads the virus has
led to better growing practices, especially late planting. New resistant
rice varieties have been produced, as well as a spatial model which
helps identify the best strategies to cut the incidence of disease. A
simple, reliable and relatively low-cost diagnostic kit for the virus
has also been developed to help rice breeders and extension services.
Farmers in Bali (Indonesia) are already growing the improved varieties
on over 40,000 hectares, while farmers in East Java and Lombok
(Indonesia), and Mindanao and the Visayas (Philippines) are also
benefiting. Training manuals are also available.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (10
pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP45, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 35.