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MANILA, Philippines — Rice plants grown under the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) have withstood the fury of typhoon Pedring in several Luzon provinces.

SRI Pilipinas coordinator Roberto Verzola said farmers have reported that their palay were not ruined by the strong winds and heavy rains brought about by Pedring and other typhoons.

“SRI-grown plants suffer from less typhoon damage because they have sturdier stalks and deeper roots,” Verzola explained, adding that “the deeper roots also make the plants more drought-resistant.”

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8th October 2011