|Better Farming Series 21- Wet Paddy or Swamp Rice (FAO - INADES, 1977, 40 p.)|
|People need more rice to eat|
|Wet paddy or swamp rice has been grown for a long time in africa|
|How to get good yields|
|Layout of a water control system for a rice field|
|Building the dams|
|Digging the main irrigation channels|
|Digging the main drain|
|Digging distribution channels and feeder drains|
|Laying out checks|
|Making a rice nursery|
|How to prepare the soil|
|Preparing the seeds|
|Disinfecting the seeds|
|Taking care of the nursery|
|Preparing the soil in the rice field|
|Sorting out seedlings|
|How to transplant|
|Taking care of the rice field|
|Flooding and draining|
|Protecting the rice from pests|
|Cutting the rice|
|How to grow Chinese rice|
|Suggested question paper|
36. Rata and birds often do much damage to rice nerds.
They eat the grains. It is difficult to keep off these pests.
You can have a watchman near the field. Noise can frighten the birds away. Rice fields must be watched especially at the time when the grain begins to ripen.
There are also certain insects that damage rice, for example rice borers which lay their eggs on the leaves. When they grow, they eat through the stem. When you see stems going white, apply BHC and Aldrin, a product which can kill these insects. Ask your extension service for this product.