Rapid Introduction and Market Development for Urea Deep Placement in Lowland Transplanted Rice: A Reference Guide
This publication explains urea deep placement (UDP) technology, a field-proven soil nutrient management approach developed by the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) and various research organizations in Asia and Africa. UDP involves placing large urea fertilizer granules below the soil surface near the plant's root zone, resulting in consistent yield gains of 15%-20% in rice farming and attractive increases in vegetable farming while using less fertilizer. The technology improves nutrient absorption, increases crop yields, and reduces production costs for smallholder farmers. This publication highlights the suitability of UDP for rice-producing countries, the labor benefits, the availability of briquetting machines, and the need for research trials and collaboration with various stakeholders for successful technology adoption. It also discusses the complexities involved in market development, demand creation, and supply system establishment, emphasizing the importance of a strategic approach and public-private partnerships. The publication is a comprehensive guide for planning, introducing, commercializing, and managing UDP technology, targeting organizations and entities aiming to improve agricultural productivity and food security for smallholder farmers.
Deep placement, Technology, Nutrient management, Smallholder farmers
IFDC. 2017. Rapid Introduction and Market Development for Urea Deep Placement in Lowland Transplanted Rice: A Reference Guide, Muscle Shoals, AL, USA.