The Department of Rice has developed four new rice varieties which are resistant to plant disease and insects and produce higher yields than existing strains.
Rice Department chief Chairit Damrongkiat on Monday said the new varieties _ Kor Khor 18, Kor Khor 53, Kor Khor 55, and Kor Khor Phor 3 _ would help improve farmers' rice production and are expected to prove popular among domestic consumers within three years.
Mr Chairit said Kor Khor 18 is a hybrid of the famous Kor Khor 6 glutinous rice and Hom Nil rice. The hybrid variety, which is resistant to rice blast disease and the brown planthopper pest, is suitable for growing in the North and Northeast.
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