|Better Farming Series 21. Wet Paddy or Swamp Rice (FAO, 1977, 40 p.)|
|How to get good yields|
5. Laying out a water control system in a rice field means to arrange a tract of low- lying land so as to be In control of the water.
These arrangements are not the same
· when the water comes from a river, a spring or a small stream;
· when the rice field depends on a big river or when it depends on a small stream.
We shall see how the farmer can control the water for a small field.
He can do a very large part of the work himself.
He will not have to spend much money, but he will have to do a great deal of work.
We shall study the layout of a water control system for a rice field using a stream that carries water all the year round or during several months of the year. Before starting on the work, ask advice from the technicians.
A well- made water control system lasts a long time, and the work does not have to be done again in the following years.
6. Water control system for a rice field
You will refer to this drawing frequently as you read the following pages.