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Transplanted Rice

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 14 May 1947

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74.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if, in view of the world shortage of rice, he will state in which Colonies which are large producers of rice, the system of transplanting rice, which gives a harvest many times greater than the easier system of broadcasting the seed, is generally adopted.

The transplantation system is suitable for use in swamp or irrigated lands and it is extensively so used in Ceylon, Malaya, Sierra Leone and British Guiana; but the large use of labour which it involves makes it uneconomical if the local conditions require the growing of short-term rices, and it is, therefore, not a universal practice in those countries