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Prospects for direct-seeded rice in eastern India: socioeconomic perspectives

Prospects for direct-seeded rice in eastern India: socioeconomic perspectives

Orr, Alastair, Singh, S.P., Singh, B.N. and Sinha, R.K.P. (2008) Prospects for direct-seeded rice in eastern India: socioeconomic perspectives. In: Singh, Y., Singh, V.P., Chauhan, B., Orr, Alastair, Mortimer, A.M., Johnson, D.E. and Hardy, B., (eds.) Direct seeding of rice and weed managment in the irrigated rice-wheat cropping system of the Indo-Gangetic plains. International Rice Research Institute, Los Banos, Laguna, pp. 251-266. ISBN 978-971-22-0236-0

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Abstract

Prospects for the adoption of direct-seeded rice (DSR) in eastern India are brighter than previously thought. Evidence is drawn from an analysis of existing crop
management practices for transplanted rice (TPR) in kharif 2003 and farmer evaluation of on-farm trials. Results showed no difference in average time of transplanting by farm size, which suggests that small as well as large farms will benefit from timelier crop establishment. Livelihood diversification through seasonal migration has increased incentives for the adoption of labor-saving technology,
although this is reduced by the "feminization" of agriculture whereby female family members substitute for men. DSR will benefit poorer farmers by reducing
the climatic risk and their dependence on hired pumpsets and tractors for timely crop establishment. Larger farmers may benefit primarily from savings in the costs
of mechanized tillage and irrigation rather than savings in labor costs.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: direct-seeded rice, crop management, rice, India
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/2141

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