Direct seeding of rice (DSR) technique
Part of: GS Prelims and Mains III – Agriculture; Irrigation technique
- Punjab farmers planted paddy using the direct seeding of rice (DSR) technique in the kharif season, rather than traditional transplanting.
Benefits of direct seeding of rice (DSR) technique
- Handling crop residue after harvest is easy.
- Large scale use of DSR to plant paddy could solve the staggering problem of stubble burning.
- Decreases air pollution.
- Direct seeding (both wet and dry) avoids nursery raising, seedling uprooting, and transplanting, and thus reduces the labor requirement.
- Direct seeded plants tend to have better root growth and are therefore more prepared for climatic extremes
- More plants may germinate in the years following sowing