Flash-flooding Tolerant Homcholasit Rice

Homcholasit is an irrigated rice, non-photoperiod sensitivity rice with aromatic and good cooking quality. It is derived from a cross between KDML105 and IR57514. Homcholasit was developed for flash flooding tolerance. It can survive under the water for up to 2-3 weeks after the occurrence of flooding. Homcholasit can be planted for grains all throughout the year, providing yield of 5 tons per hectare.

Homcholasit seed has been distributed to farmers in Pichit and Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya provinces. BIOTEC-NSTDA also implemented a program to train farmers in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Chainat and Angthong to produce seed for future growing seasons.

Pak Hai Farmers Cooperative in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya has successfully created a business out of Homcholasit rice, producing a packed rice under a brandname “On-waan”. On-waan rice is now available in leading supermarket chains.