Rice In Asia

Reducing emissions in farming with climate smart solutions for rice production in Asia

Rice is a staple food in Asia, with almost 90% of the world’s rice grown in Asia Pacific on a land area nearly the size of Mongolia. Greenhouse gas emissions from rice farming per ton produced, including from flooded paddy fields, are greater than those from wheat, soy, legumes, nuts and seeds combined. To reduce such emissions and water usage in rice cultivation, BASF is bringing innovations to this region, and combining them with already available products. The company will offer two herbicide tolerant traits that can be used in direct seeded rice hybrid systems as an alternative to paddy rice. When the traits are bred into the rice crop and combined with the complementing herbicides as a system, this allows the control of quality lowering weeds and helps reduce emissions through the direct seeded option. For the Asia Pacific region, the Clearfield® Rice System is already available, and the Provisia® Rice System is expected to launch mid-decade. 

A farmer collecting agricultural data with a digital tablet in a rice crop

In Japan, xarvio® FIELD MANAGER has been further tailored to support rice production and recommends optimized fertilizer rates for the rice crop. Combined with other innovations from BASF, rice farmers can reduce carbon emissions up to 50% per ton of produce. 

“Supporting food security while reducing carbon emissions is one of the most immediate needs in agriculture. There is a major impact from emission-reducing innovations applied to rice, Asia Pacific’s most broadly planted crop,” said Simone Barg, Senior Vice President BASF Agricultural Solutions Asia Pacific. “We need not only more, but better yield.” 

Masaharu Kawamura, rice farmer from Japan, said: “We are working hard to make sustainable agriculture possible and xarvio® is a major contributor. xarvio® FIELD MANAGER allows us to cope with complex agricultural environments, especially with unusual weather, and helps us optimize the application of pesticides and fertilizers.”