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Egyptian scientist creates new rice variety that requires less water

An Egyptian scientist and head of the National Rice Development Project at the Ministry of Agriculture invented a new type of rice that does not need much water, after the Egyptian government announced that the country is suffering from water poverty.
French rice farmer Bernard Poujol holds a stalk of rice in a rice field, Saint Gilles, France, Oct. 12, 2017.

CAIRO — Egyptian Minister of Agriculture El-Sayed al-Qusayr honored April 15 Hamdi al-Mawafi, head of the National Rice Development Project at the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture, as the latter received in early April the gold medal at the 2022 Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions, for an applied innovation by devising the giant “Sakha Super 300” rice variety, which withstands water scarcity.

On April 6, Mawafi said during a TV interview, “The high productivity per acre of the new type of rice will contribute to the Egyptian state’s vision and endeavors to achieve rice self-sufficiency and export some quantities abroad.”

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