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And if the “slope technique”, used a century ago, was that of the future… Some rice farmers rely on this method to save water.
From our correspondent in Italy Quentin Raverdy
En two turns of the wheel, Sebastiano Conti manages to hoist his 4 x 4 without difficulty on a small hill planted in the middle of his farm. “When we talk about growing rice in Sicily, people choke, they imagine that here is a desert”, admits this island farmer. It is to know the territory badly. Beneath his eyes, below, surrounded by land parched by the sun, stretches a dazzling color palette of greens tackled by a combine harvester. Sebastiano Conti is proud of these 150 hectares of organic rice fields in the heart of the Italian South: a drop of water compared to the northern regions, which host more than 90% of the productive area. Round, arborio, carnaroli, venere and even basmati from next year, everything seems to be able to grow in the plain of Le…
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