Dr. Pulver is a scientist with a global mission: improve farmers’ lives by raising crop yields. His accomplishments range from increasing Peru’s national rice production, to developing a system for evaluating rice resistance to blast in Colombia. From reducing yield gaps in the irrigated rice production of Venezuela and Brazil, to improving agricultural productivity in Nicaragua and Mexico.
Global rice prices are likely to surge by 10 percent to 20 percent in the next few months as an El Niño weather pattern grips top producers in Asia, baking the region’s croplands and whittling down stocks of the grain to multi-year lows.
India is estimated to have produced over 102 million tonnes of rice in 2014-15 crop year (July-June).