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Describe the nursery preparation and establishment in rice production.

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  1. Measure out an area of 18.5m enough to produce materials for one hectare.
  2. Clear plough and harrow to a fine tilth.
  3. Construct bunds around the nursery to retain water.
  4. Prepare channels to facilitate watering and drainage
  5. Flood the nursery to depth of 10cm
  6. Puddle the field to obtained fine mud
  7. Seeds are pre- germinated soaking in water in a bag for 24hours
  8. Remove the seed and cover with grass for 24-48 hours to allow sprouting
  9. Broadcast sprouted seed at a rate of 45kg/ha.
  10. Seedlings are allowed to grow to a height of 15cm before transplanting.
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