Adapting rice to saltier conditions
community. As the variety selection was done to find out the best performing variety in the saline
affected areas of the paddy lands, qualitative characters given the priority. Farmers in other areas
affected by the salinity gained knowledge form the trial and started cultivating best performing
varieties in their fields.
Organic farming practices together with the use of traditional rice varieties could bring a new
lease of life to the barren fields and economic benefits to the farmers.
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Adapting Rice to Saltier Conditions was written by Amruta Khatavkar of Practical
Action, October 2012.
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