The difference of the prospects of floating rice cultivation among the flood-prone areas in different countries in Southeast Asia

Project Leader:
Faculty of Agriculture

There are a lot of paddy fields where the water depth exceeds 1 m by the flooding of rivers during half a year in Southeast Asia. Floating rice is grown in such fields, which can grow by elongating the stem to put out the leaves above the water surface when water depth increases. Floating rice cultivation seemed to be an environmentally friendly cropping-system. There are a lot of farmers growing floating rice in some regions in Thailand, although floating rice cultivation is decreasing. On the other hand, there are some countries where floating rice cultivation is increasing. The present study aims to clarify the difference of the future perspective of floating rice cultivation by countries and regions, which have differences in social conditions, natural environment and the cultivation techniques that can be adopted.

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