The work just begin and new challenges are emerging in the FLAR’s impact horizon for the Southern Cone.
AGRONOMY AND Water Harvesting
Next 28 November marks 50 years since the release of the variety that allowed for a leap in rice production in Asia and set a milestone for what would be the beginning of the Green Revolution around the world: variety IR8. In 1960 the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), led by Robert Chandler…
LEGATO research has aimed to take into account a complexity of factors that might influence achieving sustainable rice production in the region.
According to a report from the UN World Food Program (WFP) changes in rainfall patterns can increase the likelihood of crop failure and result in production declines.
While Big Ag continues to bill toxic pesticides, herbicides, and patented GMO seeds as the only way to feed the planet, organic methods have made headlines in India and worldwide for producing giant yields.
There are many modern varieties that are resistant to pests and diseases such as PSB Rc10 (for rice blast), Rc242 (for BLB), and Rc 216 (for green leafhopper).
The improvement in water management will also help in reducing methane emissions and arsenic uptake in the rice fields.
Project participants all hope to see yield improvements, despite reducing overall water use.
With direct seeding farmers could get more returns.
As part of a project to create feeding grounds for storks in rice paddies, Ohara has scrapped using chemicals on 40 percent of his one hectare of paddy fields and has reduced his use of chemicals on the rest.