Boosting rice production. Validated RNRRS Output.

Abstract

This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Associated with Projects R7830, R7839 and PD 140. In India, work has been done to bridge the 'production gap' between current and potential levels of production in high-potential, irrigated rice systems. This is often the result of farmers not taking up new technologies as a result of poor communication. They need to know, for example, that using both groundwater and surface water means that they can plant and harvest early and still have time to grow a wheat crop. In India, this and other techniques were tested and then promoted using a low-cost communication strategy, including field-based demonstrations and the production of communication products in Hindi. These made clear to producers the benefits of establishing rice nurseries early. They also showcased the benefits of using the water available in rice systems for more than one thing—such as aquaculture.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (15 pp.) taken from the CD.

Citation

NRSP23, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 84.

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