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UKAID Department for International Development (R4D) 2001

Promotion of rainfed rabi cropping in rice fallows of India and Nepal : pilot phase

Rainfed Rabi Cropping Rice

UKAID Department for International Development (R4D)

Titre : Promotion of rainfed rabi cropping in rice fallows of India and Nepal : pilot phase

Projet de recherche pour le Développement : R8098

DFID Programme : Plant Sciences Research

Organismes de mise en œuvre
Lead Institutes : CAZS Natural Resources, University of Wales, Bangor (CAZS-NR) ; International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
Managing Institutes : CAZS Natural Resources, University of Wales, Bangor (CAZS-NR)
Collaborating Institutes : Catholic Relief Services - India programme ; Eastern India Rain-fed farming Project ; Forum for Rural Welfare and Agricultural Reform for Development (FORWARD)

Durée : 01-10-2001 à 30-06-2002

Présentation
Smallholder rice farmers in South Asia are locked into a near subsistence farming situation presenting few opportunities for enterprise and income diversification. They have limited opportunities to grow crops that would complement the staple rice diet and thus improve family nutrition status. Leaving land fallow after rice, for instance, due to lack of continued irrigation facilities, usually results in wastage of available soil water and residual nutrients that could be used to support a following crop, one that could potentially be remunerative to the farmers. Growing a crop, in particular a legume, after rice would also have beneficial effects on soil fertility and soil health (breaking pest and disease cycles) that should enhance the long term sustainability of rice productivity. Countries of South Asia, while trying to meet their demand for staple food grains (eg : rice and wheat), also realise the need for crop diversification, particularly with regard to other staple food crops like pulses and oilseeds. Various explicit crop diversification programmes have been initiated in both the target countries. There is little scope for expansion of cropping into new areas and therefore an increase in cropping intensity, along with raising of yields, needs to take place on existing agricultural lands. Rice fallows present considerable scope for crop intensification and diversification provided the appropriate technology is applied. However, there is limited understanding of the area of potential rice fallows available, and of the promising technologies that could be implemented.

Objectifs  : To identify constraints and opportunities, for farmers in the study areas and in similar situations, to make better use of their land by growing short-duration crops with minimal inputs in the rabi season on residual moisture after kharif rice has been harvested.

Total Cost to DFID : £78,761

Présentation : UKAID

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