The traditional, time tested, rice planting method of manual transplanting is effective, but labor intensive. With migration leading to labor shortages in Cambodia, many farmers are forced to use less effective planting methods such as throwing (broadcasting) seeds into the field. This results in a greater reliance on pesticides and herbicides, lower yields and therefore lower profits.
The market is evolving and Agri-Smart, with our affordable, locally produced technology is well-positioned to address this urgent need for a new method. The Eli Rice Seeder addresses the above problems through direct seeding and uniform spacing. High air pressure is used to shoot the seeds into the ground at a spacing of either 15 or 25 cm.
A farmer using the Eli Rice Seeder
saves on average $250 per hectare.
The need for harmful pesticides
and herbicides is greatly reduced,
protecting the soil and the rice.
The Eli Rice Seeder led to 20%
higher yields compared to
other methods of planting.
It takes approximately 2 hours
to plant a hectare while
transplanting takes 40 labor days.
Along with the above benefits, because the seeds are planted about 5 cm directly into the ground, they have a much higher chance of growing successfully. Rats and birds eat seeds that have been scattered on the top of the ground. Direct planting means that pesticides can be largely eliminated. Furthermore, the seeds are more protected from harsh climatic factors such as droughts and floods. This contributes to more consistent yields than ever before.