Raised Beds & Diversified Food Production for Rice-based Cropping Systems
Rice production is very susceptible to drought. We have developed an innovative cropping system that reduces the risk of crop failure and increases the nutritional value of the food produced.
Building permanent raised beds in rice fields enables a range of crops to be planted in the same field. Farmers are able to adapt the crops they plant to the predicted rainfall thus reducing the chance of crop failure.
The inclusion of legumes as a source of soil nitrogen is an important factor due to the high cost and low availability of nitrogen fertiliser to farmers.
Adopting mixed cropping on permanent raised beds improves the nutritional value of the food produced, reduces the risk of total crop failure and enables crops to be rotated to limit the buildup of weeds, pests and diseases.