Bayer introduces agricultural system for direct-seeded rice with potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water use

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Bayer, a global life science company, has unveiled a groundbreaking agricultural system for direct-seeded rice (DSR) that has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water usage in rice cultivation. This innovative system, introduced on UN World Food Day, aims to transition farmers in India and the Philippines from traditional transplanted puddled rice methods to DSR, which can reduce water consumption by up to 40% and cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 45%. The DSR approach also offers a solution to the challenges of manual labor shortages. Bayer’s ambitious plans include bringing DSR to one million hectares in India by 2030, supporting smallholder farmers, and further expansion into the Philippines. This development aligns with Bayer’s commitment to regenerative agriculture and sustainable food production.

Bayer plans to bring direct-seeded rice to one million hectares, supporting two million early adopter-smallholder farmers and their families in India by 2030 and expand to the Philippines starting 2024 / Potential to transform India’s rice production: 75 percent of total rice cultivation area expected to shift to direct-seeded rice practices by 2040 / Benefits of direct-seeded rice in comparison to transplanted puddled rice cultivation: Less water use (up to minus 40 percent), reduced emissions of greenhouse gases (up to minus 45 percent), removal of reliance on manual labor availability (up to minus 50 percent)