Conservation agriculture maize-rice rotation, India
Fields under maize-rice rotation with zero tillage maize, in Tamil Nadu, India. The fields are being prepared for maize cultivation, following the rice harvest. The darker field in the background is being conventionally cultivated, with plowing and irrigation to prepare the land for maize seeding. The field in the foreground, however, has not been plowed, and the rice straw residues have been retained.
This is the first time these fields have been cultivated using the conservation agriculture techniques of zero tillage and residue retention, thanks to the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA). CIMMYT is one of the many partners involved in CSISA, a collaborative project designed to decrease hunger and increase food and income security for resource-poor farm families in South Asia through development and deployment of new varieties, sustainable management technologies, and policies, led by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the USAID.
Photo credit: Petr Kosina / CIMMYT.