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MANILA, Philippines — Scientists testing the propriety of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) have noted that it provides higher output for practically all rice varieties.

As of last count, there were 200,000 varieties of rice on the planet, excluding the genetically-modified (GM) strains like Golden Rice.

Writing for the March 2011 issue of the journal of Paddy and Water Management, Norman Uphoff, Amir Kassam and Richard Hardwood cited the use of SRI in traditional varieties like riz rouge (red rice) in Madagascar that yielded upwards of 30 percent.

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3rd November 2011