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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday visited the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), a premier research organisation dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science at Los Banos in the Philippines. The institute works on improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers and protecting the rice growing environment for future generations.
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Modi reviewed a photo exhibit showcasing flood tolerant, drought tolerant and salinity tolerant rice varieties and IRRI's work with women farming cooperatives. He also undertook a symbolic ground breaking for a new plot for submergence tolerant rice varieties and unveiled a plaque to mark the inauguration of the Narendra Modi Resilient Rice Field Laboratory.
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IRRI will set up a South Asia Regional Centre at Varanasi, which will be the first such centre outside its headquarters in the Philippines.
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Modi arrived here on Sunday on a three-day visit to the Philippines during the course of which he will attend the 15th India-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit and the 12th East Asia Summit.