Updated Jun 10, 2019

Healthy Rice Seedlings

Part of CIMMYT

Optimum seeding density, balanced nutrient supply, careful handling, rapid transplanting and proper seedling age can increase yield rice by 0.25-1.0 t/ha compared to farmers’ typical practices of using much older seedlings, where area not excessively flooded.


Timothy j. Krupnik

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Stage 5: Scaling

To promote awareness about raising healthy rice seedlings, CSISA developed a dynamic solution by introducing seedbed technology, an innovative technique for raising seedlings.

Focus Areas:

Seeds & Stock

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Implemented In:

Nepal and Bangladesh

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Unhealthy rice seedlings, transplant shock, poor rice crop establishment that can hinder yield.



CSISA works with partners to create awareness of the importance of healthy rice seedlings and careful nursery management through the extension department, mass media campaigns, and through large NGOs and livelihoods initiatives. Healthy rice seedlings produced through better-bet management nursery management practices have tremendous potential to increase farmers' awareness and practice of timely seedling establishment.

Target Beneficiaries

Smallholder rice farmers

Innovation Description

Rice productivity can be increased by using a simple set of seedling raising and transplanting guidelines. Healthy seedling guidelines include certified seed, irrigated seedbeds, drainage for seedbeds, smart seed rates, young seedlings, seed treatment, seed quality screening and germination tests.

Competitive Advantage

Practices are very simple and easy for farmers to implement, and can be used individually or in combination. The overall advantage is the very simple nature of healthy rice seedling management practices, and the fundamental ways in which it can benefit farmers without having to resort to use of considerable additional inputs or physical technologies.

The Team Behind the Innovation

The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) is led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and implemented by a team of scientists and change-makers with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Operating across South Asia, CSISA works to increase the adoption of resource-conserving and climate-resilient technologies and improves farmers’ access to markets and enterprise development.



Feb 2019
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Jul 2018
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TITLEFarmers apply healthy rice seedling practices long after development interventions
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