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1. Use less - 60-80 kg - of good seed of a variety suited for direct seeding. Fertilizer can be added as basal.
2. Irrigate after sowing (if no rain). Let the water drain before flash flooding after 2-3 days to keep seed moist and to reduce soil crusting (this is especially important in the dry season).
3. If water is drained from the fields after broadcasting, it is re-introduced 10 to 15 days after the crop is established.