Saving Asia’s Farm Lands from Climate Change with Salt-resilient Rice

The first harvest of salt-tolerant rice variety in Taytay, in the Philippine island of Palawan, may pave the way for local farmers to reclaim lands lost to saltwater intrusion and protect the livelihood of coastal communities.

The municipality of Taytay, in the Philippine island of Palawan, is known as the island’s “rice bowl.” Yet, its status is under threat from rising sea levels invading fertile land, putting pressure on local authorities to protect the livelihood of coastal communities.

“We have physical evidence that there are areas which have been reached by salt water,” said municipal agricultural technician Hernan Fenix. “Many farm lands, which were previously planted with freshwater varieties, cannot be planted anymore.” Read More.

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