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Uruguay’s 2011/12 rice harvest reaches 1.4 million tons with 7.850 kilos/ha yields

Tuesday, July 17th 2012 - 20:35 UTC
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Uruguay’s area to be planted with rice in the coming 2012/13 season is estimated at 179.000 hectares, slightly down from the 181.400 of this year, according to the country’s Department of Agriculture Statistics (DIEA) and based on a poll following the 2011/12 harvest. Read full article

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  • redpoll

    Yep its water thats the problem. We could plant much more if our gvt got off its but and allowed more storage dams. But understandable I think. They too need the water to poWer their hydrodams for electricity generation.So they are in a quandry. Rice or electicity'

    Jul 17th, 2012 - 08:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    Redpoll
    Water used in hydro power generation can still be used in irrigation after it has turned the turbines. It shouldn't be a case of one or the other.

    Jul 17th, 2012 - 10:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • redpoll

    Quite agree condorito. But in my case I am storing the headwaters before they get to the turbines so the 1.2 meters of water I need per hectare to grow the crop never gets to the turbines. The use of water resources is going to be the focus of world attention this century, perhaps more important than oil

    Jul 17th, 2012 - 11:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    What are you growing and where?

    Jul 18th, 2012 - 12:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • redpoll

    Rice in Uruguay

    Jul 18th, 2012 - 02:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    Wow. So you are right on topic with this article then!
    Why does the govt restrict the building of storage dams?
    I can’t see the down side.
    Here in the Elqui valley we built a dam about 10 years ago and it has helped local agriculture hugely.
    Right now we have a drought and the water level is at its lowest I have ever seen, so we are all praying for rain.

    Jul 18th, 2012 - 02:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • redpoll

    Uruguay depends oon hydro power for its baseload electricity supply with a damon the Uruguay river and three on the Rio Negro so the waterin that river goes through three sets of turbines so the govt would like as much water as possible for hydro purposes. If you use the water for rice it never gets into the river. Paraguay has excess hydro power available and is willing to sell it to us. Problem is that we have no common frontier so the power has to be transmitted through Argentinas power grid. Their government have asked for such a ridiculous price for transmission charges that its cheaper to import oil! The brasilieros arenot keen to transmit the power either and there are technical problems as well

    Jul 18th, 2012 - 03:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    Even if the Argies offered a lower price you should avoid relying on them. Chile has bad experience with Argentina reneging on natural gas delivery via the trans-Andes pipeline.

    Jul 18th, 2012 - 08:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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