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11/04/2018

Peru uses rice cultivation technique to avoid malaria and save water

This technique allows the crops to be kept dry for some time in order to avoid the reproduction of the disease's transmitting vector.

Mosquito Anopheles

 

The intermittent wet/dry irrigation system will be applied to rice crops in Lambayeque, Peru, to help reduce the Anopheles mosquito population - the transmitter of malaria.

The technical and economic validation trials for this irrigation system are being applied by the National Institute of Agrarian Innovation (INIA according to its acronym in Spanish), not only in this region, but also in Tumbes, Piura and La Libertad.

Juan Loayza Valdivia, Director of Agrarian Technological Development of the INIA, said that this fulfills the multisectorial provision declaring the implementation of "The intermittent wet/dry irrigation system in the cultivation of rice under risk at a national level for the Vector Control of Malaria" to be of national interest.

Please note that this article was not originally written in this language.
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