By Professor Randolph Barker, Professor Robert W. Herdt
To thousands of individuals on the earth, rice is the heart of lifestyles, particularly in Asia, the place greater than ninety percentage of the world's rice is grown. This booklet is ready the traits and alterations that experience happened within the Asian rice economic system due to the fact international conflict II, yet quite because the advent of recent different types of rice and sleek know-how within the mid-1960s. even supposing there's now an unlimited quantity of literature and statistical information on a number of features of the topic, no unmarried accomplished therapy has formerly been ready. The Rice economic climate of Asia not just presents this sort of therapy but additionally provides a transparent photograph of a few of the serious matters facing productiveness and fairness --- as a look on the desk of contents will exhibit. as well as 18 chapters, there are an in depth bibilography, one hundred fifty tables, and 50 charts. the amount, as a complete, will be attention-grabbing and worthwhile to decisionmakers at nationwide and foreign degrees, to pros, and to scholars of improvement.
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Increased productivity in the rice sector in East Asia was accompanied by rising real wages and rising (supported) rice prices. By contrast, increased productivity in the rice sector in much of South and Southeast Asia has been accompanied by stagnant or falling real wages and a stable rice price. Thus, it is likely that most South and Southeast Asian countries will not undergo rapid mechanization in the 1980s. Real wages in the rural areas appear to be very sensitive to shifts in labor demand.
As one moves from huller to disc sheller to modern mill, the percentage of whole grains, recovery rate, and appearance are improved. While the large modern mills are technically more efficient, their appropriateness in a particular setting in Asia must be judged on the basis of economic efficiency. For example, available evidence suggests that, for most of Asia, it is economically more efficient to sun-dry rice rather than use mechanical driers, to employ disc shellers rather than rubber rollers, and to use bags rather than bulk storage.
The large government-managed irrigation systems are typically found in these areas. 1. Rice Area by Water Regime, South and Southeast Asia, 1970s (thousand hectares) Irrigated Wet season Country South Asia Bangladesh Bhutan India Nepal Pakistan Sri Lanka Total South Asia Percent of total Southeast Asia Burma Indonesia Kampuchea Laos Malaysia Philippines Thailand Vietnam Total Southeast Asia Percent of total South and Southeast Asia Total % oHotal area % of total production 3 170 — Dry season Shallow rainfed (0-30 cm) Deepwater (30-100 cm) Floating (100cm + ) 4,293 121 12,677 678 2,587 40 4,470 230 1,117 2,434 53 858 28 5,973 40 52 6,979 13 987 — — Dryland 11,134 261 1,710 294 13,569 25 2,344 182 3,513 7 210 18,100 34 22 7,389 14 3,604 7 780 3,274 214 67 266 892 866 1,326 7,685 22 115 1,920 1,165 534 170 173 258 435 9 220 622 320 894 4,100 12 2,291 1,084 713 277 147 1,207 5,128 1,549 12,396 36 11 379 1,002 977 4,238 12 400 420 1,686 5 793 1,134 499 342 91 415 961 407 4,642 13 21,254 24 34 7,613 9 15 30,375 35 33 11,587 13 9 5,290 6 3 11,593 13 6 — — — — — — — — — — — — Source: Robert E.
The Rice Economy of Asia by Professor Randolph Barker, Professor Robert W. Herdt