Rice ratooning is not a new practice with farmers. It has been successfully adopted in many countries including China, India, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, USA, Brazil, and Colombia. However, the adoption of traditional ratoon rice with the first crop harvested manually has been limited due to labor shortage as well as low and unstable grain yield in ratoon crop. The challenge, therefore, is to develop rice ratooning technology with the main crop harvested mechanically for the sustainable development of ratoon rice. To this, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has set a virtual regional consultation on transforming towards resilient, sustainable, profitable, and inclusive rice-based agri-food systems in Asia. This online event will take place on June 15.
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