Iran's Agriculture Ministry funds dry rice cultivation plan

Tehran, Iran, Jan.16

Trend:

Iran's Agriculture Minister Mahmoud Hojjati has announced the allocation of $1.1 million to dry rice cultivation plan in Golestan Province.

"Implementing new irrigation systems in provinces are on the agenda, these plans should expand in Golestan Province," said Hojjati during his visit to Province alongside President Hassan Rouhani 's cabinet members, Trend reports citing Mehr News Agency.

Referring to dry rice cultivation plan in Golestan Province, he said the dry rice cultivation plan would help the province to restore immense amount of water.

The Agriculture minister has inaugurated 614 development projects in agriculture sector during his visit to Golestan Province, while the Ministry has allocated $4.52 million worth of credit to these projects that expected to create 8,451 jobs.

Iran has been facing drought and water shortage in recent years, due to climate change and short rain fall.

Dry rice cultivation is primarily a form of natural resource management that includes the conservation of the biological environment and resources such as water on the controlled land. Using pressurized technology, such as sprinklers is a water conserving technique.

One of the most successful water-saving irrigation systems has used alternating between wetting and drying the fields. In this process, the field is supplied with water, and then let completely dry before the next watering. Not only does this cut down on water usage, but it also minimizes the methane gas that is produced due to anaerobic decomposition of organic matter in flooded fields.

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