Nicaragua and Taiwan today signed an agreement to develop rainfed rice in the Central American country, a variety that does not require irrigation and uses rain, in order to be better prepared for the adverse effects of climate change.
The agreement was signed by Taiwanese ambassador to Nicaragua, Jaime Wu, and representatives of the Nicaraguan Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA).
With this agreement, Nicaragua will have access to a program developed in Taiwan that will allow farmers to have greater control over their production, as well as soil conditions, INTA informed, through government media.
The method will be executed with the support of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) of Taiwan.
Last March, Nicaragua announced the beginning of a research process with the aim of achieving independence in local rice production, with the aim of passing 5.3 to 7 million quintals per year, equivalent to annual national consumption.
Of some 69,890 hectares of rice grown in Nicaragua, 51 percent corresponds to varieties that need irrigation and 49 percent to rainfed, according to official figures.
Nicaragua is one of the 17 diplomatic allies of Taiwan.
Taiwan finances 27 food projects in Nicaragua, fruit crops and raising pigs of superior quality, among others, worth between 30 million and 50 million dollars, according to the Nicaraguan Government.