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Early Rice Harvests Ease Annual Famine In Bangladesh

Posted by Lindy on July 28, 2009


Problem:

In Bangladesh  Monga ( famine that affects 2 million households from Sept to Dec when food has run out) can be decreased by

  • Planting seed directly into ground instead of the usual method used in Asia.

[The rice seeds are sown by hand in special nursery beds. Then they are transplanted to rice fields.]

  • Using a seed with shorter growing season

What is achieved?

  • The growing season 25 – 40 days shorter
  • Increases rice yield
  • Direct planting reduces planting costs
  • This permits growing of 2nd crop eg maize, potato wheat chickpeas or vegetables
  • Give 2 lots of work to landless peasants

Full article found here:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090722093808.htm

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