Manila, Nov 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday visited the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos, and inaugurated the Resilient Rice Field Laboratory. Later, it was named after the prime minister. PM Modi also gifted two Indian rice seed varieties to the IRRI gene bank.

“My visit to International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) was a great learning experience. Saw the exceptional work IRRI is doing towards mitigating poverty and hunger by improving rice cultivation. Their work benefits many farmers and consumers, particularly in Asia and Africa. Saw a detailed exhibition on rice varieties and the impressive work done by IRRI with women farming cooperatives. Interacted with Indian scientists, students, researchers working at IRRI. India’s ICAR and IRRI have been cooperating for four decades. India is also involved in helping IRRI in strategic planning, helping decide key goals and working to overcome hunger as well as poverty,” PM Modi wrote in a series of Tweets.  (Also read: PM Modi Tries Hand at Agriculture, Learns About Flood-Tolerant Rice Varieties)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with several Indian scientists working in the IRRI.

“Dr. Arvind Kumar informed benefits of drought-tolerant rice varieties which stabilize the productivity of rice on over 12 million hectares of drought-prone areas in India and improve the livelihoods of poor rural communities,” External Affairs Ministry said in a tweet.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Manila to attend the India-ASEAN summit. He met the United States President Donald Trump on the sidelines. After the meeting, PM Modi said the two leaders talked about Asia’s development.

“Relations between India and US are growing. Our relations go beyond, we are working for future interests of Asia and humanity,” he said.