Fields in rainfed shallow, drought prone areas have growing conditions that range from upland to lowland. The rainy period is from 90-110 days and moisture stress may occur at any growth stage. Rice is generally broadcast but may be transplanted. Soils vary from neutral to alkaline. Photoperiod-insensitive varieties with short growth duration (90-105 days), intermediate stature (120 cm), and drought tolerance at all growth stages are needed.