New method yields more rice with less water: Oxfam

Reuters: Rice farmers could boost their yields by 50 percent with a new method that uses less water Oxfam America said on Wednesday as climate change and drought threaten the staple crop. Growing rice -- considered the major calorie source for about half the world's population -- is water-intensive, accounting for as much as one-third of the planet's annual freshwater use, said Oxfam, a development group. Rice farmers normally rely on flooding their fields to keep seeds covered in water ......

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