Sri Lanka president Sirisena checks IRRI’s drone seeder

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Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena (middle) together with International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) deputy director general for research Dr. Jacqueline Hughes (left) and director general Matthew Morell (right) watch the demo of the “drone-seeder” inside their facility in Los Baños, Laguna on Friday. The government of Sri Lanka and the IRRI signed a 5-year work plan that will focus on developing high-yielding and climate-resilient rice varieties to aid the country’s shortfall of 44 percent in the amount of rice needed due to extreme weather events including floods and droughts.