HomeInternational Rice Research Notesvol. 22 no. 3 (1997)

New Rice Varieties for the Rainfed Lowlands of Cambodia

* Makara | S. Sovith | P. K. Hel | E. L. Javier | G. S. Sidhu

Discipline: Agriculture, Genetics



The rainfed lowland rice ecosystem is highly diverse in Cambodia. Several niches exist within the ecosystem, each of which may require different rice varieties of early, medium, or late maturity.


The Varietal Recommendations Committee (VRC) of the Cambodian Department of Agronomy approved the release of three modern, photo-period-insensitive, early-duration (less than 120 d) and three modern, photo-period-insensitive, medium-duration (120-150 d) varieties selected by CIAP between 1990 and 1993. In 1995, the VRC approved the release of six pureline selections from traditional Cambodian varieties for cultivation in the rainfed lowland ecosystem.