Japanese experiments with special rice seed for harsh Mongolian climate

A Japanese scientist has planted
specially modified rice seeds designed to survive the country’s harsh
soil and climate. 

Botanist Takashi Oritani planted
his rice on Friday within a four square meter field in Choijumts. 

Named “Chingges Gold”,
the rice was developed through experimentation on Hokkaido Isle, Japan’s
coldest island. 

Preparing the field for rice
included flooding it to turn the area into mud ready to accept the rice
seeds. 

Also, the field will be covered
with straw, to protect the seedlings from the weather. However, plastic
sheeting will also be added if the temperature drops below minus ten
degrees. 

Takashi has planted some 350
rice seeds, from which he hopes to yield ten kilos of rice.

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