• RICE (Oryza sativa)

    RICE (Oryza sativa)

    Rice is another popular cereal crop grown and consumed by nearly half of the world’s population. It is also a member of the grass family (Gramineae). The seed/fruit of rice is a caryopsis, i.e ., it has its epicarp fused with the mesocarp.   Land Preparation: This is done either manually, using cutlass to clear the bush and remove stump and hoe to make ridges, or mechanically by ploughing, harrowing and ridging.   Varieties or Cultivars: These include the swamp rice (Toma, BG79 and GFB24) and the upland rice (Agbede).   Climatic and Soil Requirement: Rice requires a temperature of over 20°C, 75cm – 120cm of rainfall for upland rice…

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