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Thursday Seminar

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 01:15pm - 02:15pm


What Changes in Rice Cultivation are on the Horizon?

J.K. Ladha
Principal Scientist
Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD)

Rice is grown globally in more than 100 million ha of land through transplanting of seedlings on puddled (wet-tilled) soil. Although this practice of growing rice is capital- and energy-intensive, it survived for centuries because of certain advantages, notably, weed control. It is argued that this is the most sustainable crop production system on earth but the question remains on whether, under the emerging scenarios of acute water and labor shortages, it would maintain sustainability in the future. In addition, land consolidation, with fewer and relatively young farmers that would likely be in a future scenario, would force the way rice is cultivated. In this seminar, I will discuss potential change scenarios and go in detail on alternatives to unfriendly environments for puddling and rice transplanting.


Havener Auditorium, International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, 4030 Laguna, Philippines