IRRI promotes new rice drying technology in Bangladesh
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has organized a national workshop on ‘Impact of Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) Technology on Farm Incomes and Water Savings’ at the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
During the workshop, IRRI and some researchers from Tufts University had tested the AWD technology in 7,600 farmers’ plots.
The AWD technology consists of a plastic PVC pipe, open at both ends, which when embedded in a rice field allows farmers to flood the field only when the water level falls below ground to a marked level in the pipe. Farmers spent large sums of money for pumped irrigation water during the dry (boro) season.
The Ministry of Agriculture of the Government of Bangladesh and IRRI have made major efforts to promote this water-saving technology, supported by field evidence around farmer adoption behaviour, opportunities, challenges for uptake.
Findings showed that after making AWD available to farmers, assisting them with installation will help ensure that the full benefits of the technology are realized.