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Sustainability 2017, 9(3), 347; doi:10.3390/su9030347

Economic Performance of Traditional and Modern Rice Varieties under Different Water Management Systems

Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Milan, via G. Celoria 2, 20133 Milan, Italy
Rice Research Centre, Ente Nazionale Risi, strada per Ceretto 4, 27030 Castello d’Agogna (PV), Italy
CREA—Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Rice Research Unit, S.S. 11 per Torino km 2.5, 13100 Vercelli, Italy
CREA—Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Genomics Research Centre, via S. Protaso 302, 29017 Fiorenzuola d’Arda (PC), Italy
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Academic Editor: Michael S. Carolan
Received: 6 December 2016 / Revised: 15 February 2017 / Accepted: 23 February 2017 / Published: 26 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Water Resources Management)
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Italian rice production is progressively threatened by water scarcity. Some strategies have been developed to reduce water use. Nevertheless, reducing water irrigation amounts may lower paddy rice production. This publication compares the productivity and the economic performances of traditional and modern rice varieties in northern Italy using two different water management systems. The objective of this analysis is to enhance Italian rice cultivation at the economic, environmental and agronomic levels. Some positive variations of water productivity and economic water productivity were observed for the two varieties when using a lower amount of irrigation water. However, actual production costs and most water supply fees are the same for all the irrigation methods. Furthermore, the study of agronomic traits shows that during the recent years, there were no significant differences or increases of yield among varieties. Consequently, to be adopted by farmers, the irrigation costs coupled with improved rice accessions need to be optimized. View Full-Text
Keywords: rice cultivation; Italy; water saving; water productivity; economic water productivity rice cultivation; Italy; water saving; water productivity; economic water productivity

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Ben Hassen, M.; Monaco, F.; Facchi, A.; Romani, M.; Valè, G.; Sali, G. Economic Performance of Traditional and Modern Rice Varieties under Different Water Management Systems. Sustainability 2017, 9, 347.

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