HoReCo-GASABO : PRIOR TO TRANSPLANTING, SEEDLINGS OF RICE NEED TO BE RAISED IN A NURSERY.
Rugende and Jabana schemes managed by HoReCo are at the beginning of the rice planting season.When choosing the appropriate nursing system of rice, consider the availability of sunlight, water, labour, land, and agricultural implements.
HoReCo agronomists in those schemes said that land preparation is important to ensure that the rice field is ready for planting. A well-prepared field controls weeds, recycles plant nutrients, and provides a soft soil mass for transplanting and a suitable soil surface for direct seeding.
Rice crops can be either direct seeded or transplanted. In direct seeding, seeds are sown directly in the field. While in transplanting, seedlings are first raised in seedbeds before they are planted in the field by farmers.
Seedling age at transplanting depends on the season and on the characteristics of the plot. It is usually recommended to transplant 2 to 3 week old seedlings during the rainy season, because the climate conditions will allow them to develop fast. However, during the dry season, 3 to 5 week old seedlings are recommended for transplanting, because plant growth will be reduced by cold temperatures.