Updated Jun 10, 2019

Mechanical transplanting for rice

Part of CIMMYT

Mechanical rice transplanting overcomes labor bottlenecks for timely and precise crop establishment.


Timothy j. Krupnik

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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.

Focus Areas:

Cultivation & Tools

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Implemented In:

India, Nepal and Bangladesh

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Countries Implemented In
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Labour scarcity at the time of rice establishment



Substitutes mechanical technology for labour

Target Beneficiaries

Labor or capital constrained rice farmers who can be connected to mechanization value chains through service providers.

Innovation Description

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.

Competitive Advantage

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.



Jul 2014
In The News
TITLEYouth Finds New Hope as Service Provider of Mechanical Rice Transplanting
Sep 2013
In The News
TITLEContinued support for mechanical transplanting of rice in Bihar
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