|Better Farming Series 21- Wet Paddy or Swamp Rice (FAO - INADES, 1977, 40 p.)|
|Taking care of the rice field|
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.