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Madagascar: Upland rice in the Highlands would be privileged by global warming




Photo madagascar.cirad.fr
Photo madagascar.cirad.fr
Upland rice in the highlands regions of Madagascar that is grown without being immersed in a rice paddy, but in a field, would be promoted by the rising temperatures linked to global warming, according to a recent study conducted by agronomists CIRAD and the national Centre for rural development in Madagascar (FOFIFA).

A simulation of the production of rice, between 2010 and 2099 in the mountainous regions of the island in the wake of global warming thus shows upland rice "grown at the lower limit of temperature tolerance" gets best maturation of grain with increasing mercury.
 
This faster development of flowering and ripening causes also a less important water demand and would increase term highly productive rice yields, as shown in the newspaper  Le Courrier of Madagascar.



Antso Rajaona


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