Quality


For the rice producers in Europe, rice cultivation is a sensitive practice. Preservation and improvement of the local ecosystem contribute to the sustainability of rice producing regions, and this is achieved by implementing ecofriendly, integrated rice farming management practices. These practices reduce the water loss, and the use of pesticides and herbicides. For example, applying the exact amount of fertilizer and nutrients needed by the soil reduces the risk of water contamination.  

European rice production complies with the strict European Regulations and the majority of rice producers implement an Integrated Quality Management System. These Systems are based on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) which respect the environment, protect the farmer’s health and offer a safe product to the consumer. They also contribute to the improvement of the farm ecosystem and soil fertility and the biological methods of pest control implemented support a sustainable plant protection scheme.

From an environmental point of view, rice cultivation is vital for water quality, maintaining the water table and preserving biodiversity.  

The implementation of Good Agricultural Practices during rice cultivation in Europe provides positive social and economic benefits as smallholder producers maintain a sustainable income.

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The content of this promotion campaign represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility. The European Commission and the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) do not accept any responsibility for any use that may be made of the information it contains.