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An Assessment of the Effects of Rainfall Variability on Rice Water Need

An Assessment of the Effects of Rainfall Variability on Rice Water Need in Omor, Ayamelum Local Government Area, Anambra State

Rice is the most important cereal for human consumption, meeting the needs of 50 per cent of the world’s population (WMO, 2009). The agricultural and industrial uses of rice include the use of rice straw and bran as cattle feed and as a growing medium for mushrooms; use of rice husks and hulls as a seedbed medium; use of bran for extraction of healthful oil; and use of rice for making rice beer and rice-based wine Many of the rice-growing areas are served by major rivers and have alternating wet and dry seasons. The varieties used and cultural practices adopted in rice cultivation vary widely and are influenced by local climatologic elements (rainfall, temperature and solar radiation regimes) and times and certainty of availability of water for main or supplementary surface irrigation. [Read more…]