1. Which is the northernmost place in the world for cultivation of rice
on a commercial scale? Please include the place name, latitude and
longitude. With advances in rice breeding in northern Japan, farmers are
now able to cultivate rice in Embetsu area (Latitude: 44 degrees
43'12" N Longitude: 141 degrees 47'45" E). Is it fair to claim that
this is the northernmost point for commercial rice cultivation?
2. Preliminary studies in Japan indicated that the proportion of poor
quality (mainly in terms of physical appearance, taste) rice increased
during the past 2 decades, despite considerable improvements in rice
productivity per unit area. Of course, the consumer preferences and the
grading of rice may have changed over time. Are there any studies to
substantiate or contradict this finding in rice or other crops in other
parts of the world?
Thank you in advance.
Ancha Srinivasan, Ph.D.
Senior Researcher, Regional Science Institute
4-13, Kita 24 Nishi 2, Kita-ku, Sapporo 001 Japan
Tel: +81-11-717-6660 Fax: +81-11-757-3610
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