Muhammad Usman Saleem
Assistant Agronomist, Rice Research Institute, Kala Shah Kaku (RRI-KSK), Pakistan

Muhammad Usman Saleem led pilot activities to reduce water use and labor cost, and increase productivity of basmati rice in Punjab through direct seeding, jointly with Tahir Awan (research officer at RRI-KSK), for ADB’s TA 8578-PAK: Punjab Basmati Rice Value Chain project. He holds a master’s degree in Agronomy from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad.

Case Study

In Pakistan, basmati rice farmers are adopting direct seeding technology to improve farm efficiency and yield.