The diffusion of rice varieties introduced into an area with poor production potential and problems of soil degradation was studied in a farming systems research and extension programme. Two rice varieties, BW. 272–3 and At. 85–1 were identified as appropriate for the area and efforts made to transfer the experimental results to the farmers. BW. 272–3 was widely adopted by farmers in the lower, intermediate and upper areas of the recommendation domain but adoption of At. 85–1 was confined to the intermediate and upper areas. Adoption of rice varieties was mainly governed by the characteristics that allowed a variety to perform well under adverse conditions and by the farm gate price it could command, which depended on grain pericarp colour.
Difusión de nuevas variedades de arroz