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Envisioning a future where drones will do the rice sowing

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Rice sprouts are glistening in rice paddies now. I understand that farmers were worried about the growth of seedlings this spring because of unusually extreme temperature fluctuations.

As always, rice planting is backbreaking work, requiring heavy boxes of seedlings to be brought out to the paddies for a rice-planting machine to plant them in straight rows.

But such a scene may become a thing of the past.

I recently visited the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) at its facility in Daisen, Akita Prefecture, where a new farming method is being developed to enable direct planting of rice seeds.

"By eliminating the hassle of raising seedlings in one place and........

© The Asahi Shimbun