HomeInternational Rice Research Notesvol. 28 no. 1 (2003)

Liboga, A New, Short-Duration Upland Rice Variety Released in Republique Democratique Du Congo

B. Mateso | M. Batondisa | B. Lienge

Discipline: Agriculture



Two short-duration rice varieties, IRAT112 and Lioto, with average yields of 2.6 and 2.8 t ha–1 respectively, have been released in the country since 1982. Farmers have shown great interest in cultivating short-duration rice varieties as these allow them to have food and money quickly. During the last 2 years, the Agronomic Research Centre of INERA at Yangambi has produced, in collaboration with some nongovernment organizations, a total of 75 t of short-duration variety rice seeds and distributed them to farmers in the eastern province of Congo. IRAT112 produces 8% less than Lioto and its short stature (100 cm) makes the common practice of hand harvesting difficult for tall farmers, who must stoop to harvest panicles. They prefer a medium-height (130–150 cm) variety that can tolerate lodging.