MARDI Padi Aerob
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Aerobic rice is rice planting new system aims to reduce water requirements for rice. In aerobic rice production systems, high-yielding rice varieties cultivated in aerobic soil conditions such as without stagnant water, use of inputs (especially fertilizers) provide high response for assistance if irrigation water is not enough rain. The different aerobic rice with upland rice using low yielding rice varieties and the use of low input without the help of irrigation. Aerobic rice cultivation can reduce the use of water from the irrigation system so that 50% or more compared with water requirements for rice.
Aerobic rice grown in paddy fields potentially have the experienced frequent water shortages, rain catchment area which allows aerobic rice is grown in the off-season and also in the area of land suitable for crop rotation or intercropping where there is irrigation infrastructure in the area. Aerobic rice is grown in rotation will reduce the incidence of disease by destroying the pathogen life cycle of the previous crop diseases. If grown as an intercrop in the replanting of rubber or oil palm (0-3 years), land use can be maximized while increasing farmers' income.