Rice crops under threat: Lawrence Wong

Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong giving his opening address at the 5th International Rice Congress at Marina Bay Sands, on Oct 15, 2018.
Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong giving his opening address at the 5th International Rice Congress at Marina Bay Sands, on Oct 15, 2018.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

The world's largest scientific conference on rice opened yesterday at Marina Bay Sands, bringing together 1,500 participants from 40 nations, including scientists, government officials and representatives from organisations such as the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation.

The International Rice Congress, also known as the "Olympics of Rice Science", runs every four years and is being held in Singapore for the first time.

At the opening, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said production of the crop is facing major problems, such as slow growth and climate change, which could increase its price by more than 30 per cent by 2050.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 16, 2018, with the headline 'Rice crops under threat: Lawrence Wong'. Print Edition | Subscribe