18 May 1999
Rice growers urged to cut water use

THE Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has proposed changes to rice-growing that could significantly reduce the amount of water required.

It says techniques such as wet-seeding and land levelling could cut water use in rice growing by up to 25%.

Some 2000 tonnes of water is used at present to grow a single ton of rice. But almost three dozen countries currently face water shortages.

The CGIAR admits the adoption of some techniques may require more use of herbicide.

  • Financial Times 18/05/99 page 34