The advantages of Aerobic rice is that it uses 50% less water than that required for paddy cultivation and reduces the amount of fertilizer, pesticides, labor costs and greenhouse gas emissions. As against 5,000 litres of water required to produce one kg of conventional rice, the aerobic rice requires between 2,000-2,500 litres. This crop could also be grown in low rainfall areas.
Aerobic rice is dry direct seeded in well aerated fields. The fields need not be puddled. Inter or mixed cropping with pulses, vegetables, and oilseeds is also possible. In the long run, this improves the soil health.
Speaking at the demonstration, Mr. Sumanth said, “Rice cultivation and production is a huge contributor to the economy of India. Various problems and issues such as water scarcity and the lack of knowledge can have a serious impact on the production of this crop, which can negatively impact the growth of our economy. To combat the growing issues against the rice crop, we at KisanKraft have developed a new strain of Aerobic Rice which consumes more the 50% less water with the same outputs.“
Raghavendra Said “Using Aerobic Rice, farmers can yield 55 quintals of paddy per ha or more depending on the fertility of the soil. Without any change in the taste as compared to traditional rice varieties, this paddy can be sown directly resulting in an increase in profitability of paddy cultivation as it brings down the expenses of cultivation significantly.”
A significant advantage of cultivating Aerobic Rice that it does not need nursery, puddling, leveling and transplanting. It is also very eco-friendly as it produces less methane emission while being a cost effective crop as it gives lesser incidence of pests and diseases.