Direct seeding of rice (DSR) technique

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  • July 13, 2020
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Direct seeding of rice (DSR) technique

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains III – Agriculture; Irrigation technique 

In News:  

  • 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 

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