Introduction

The 6th International Hybrid Rice Symposium will be held at Taj Krishna Hotel, Hyderabad, India from 10-12 September 2012. Organized by the International Rice Research Institute and the Directorate of Rice Research, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the event will gather hybrid rice researchers, experts, and representatives from the public and private sectors. The symposium aims to create a discussion platform that tackles the issue of increasing rice yields to adapt to the worlds’ increasing demand for rice. The symposium will discuss the topics: Hybrid Rice Development; Hybrid Rice Seed Production; Applications of Molecular Technology; Crop and Resource Management, and; Hybrid Rice Economics. The 3-day program will feature keynote lectures, paper presentation sessions, workshops, field visit and hybrid rice technology exhibit. Participants will be able to enrich their knowledge on the latest hybrid rice development, be informed of the cutting-edge researches, meet and discuss with the experts and network with the various stakeholders of the rice industry.