Stage 3: Proof of Concept
While the technology is viable, CSISA is working to develop business plans in which mechanical transplanting can be most successful in providing profits to farmers and transplant owners alike.
Cultivation & Tools
Cultivation & ToolsSEE LESS
India, Nepal and Bangladesh
India, Nepal and BangladeshSEE LESS
Countries Implemented In
Labour scarcity at the time of rice establishment
Substitutes mechanical technology for labour
Labor or capital constrained rice farmers who can be connected to mechanization value chains through service providers.
Mechanical rice transplanting affords farmers a technology solution for overcoming labor bottlenecks for timely and precision rice crop establishment without the risk inherent in directly-sowing the crop. Technical verification has been completed by CSISA across South Asia, including transplanting into non-puddled soils. Nevertheless, the business case for the technology indicates that transplanters can be a viable option in large rice production blocks where groups of farmers opt for mechanical transplanting, and where double rice cropping is practiced.
Less risky than directly-sown rice
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.
EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN