AfricaRice has produced a Weed Management DVD entitled ‘Weed Management – Farmer-to-Farmer Instruction Videos on Effective and Labor-Saving Weed Management in Lowland Rice’. The two-disk DVD contains 4 multi-language videos of which two can be accessed online:
- Effective Weed Management
- Rice Transplanting
- Safe and Correct Use of Herbicides
- Using the Rotary Weeder in Lowland Rice
Weeds are important constraints for rice production. Effective weed management can increase yields by more than 50%, but usually takes a lot of time. As a farmer it is therefore worthwhile investing in labor-saving weed management tools. One such labor-saving method is the use of herbicides, but if these herbicides are not applied in the right way, they may harm your crop, your health or the environment. In one of the videos you can learn how to control weeds in lowland rice using herbicides in a safe and efficient way. In another video you can learn how to control weeds in lowland rice using the rotary weeder. The video explains the need for transplanting and water management for effective use of the rotary weeder and how to obtain one.
The DVD further contains videos on general weed management and rice transplanting, and technical drawings of different rotary weeder types, line-makers for transplanting and a practical manual on integrated crop management for rice, called PLAR-IRM. The DVD further contains technical drawings of different types of rotary weeders and farmer training modules on Integrated Rice Management.