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ORYLUX varieties Aromatic Rice for Africa

Local African aromatic rice

This technology is all about growing special types of delicious-smelling rice in Africa. These rice varieties are designed to grow well in African conditions. They taste really good and are in high demand. Right now, not enough of this rice is grown in Africa, so a lot of it has to be imported.


This technology is TAAT1 validated.


Scaling readiness: idea maturity 7/9; level of use 7/9

Cost: $$$ 1,3 USD

A Seed cost per kg

10—12 Kg per Ha

Planting densities

51 USD per Ha

Labour costs for planting

105 USD per Ha

Fertilizer inputs

200 USD per Ha

Harvesting and winnowing of grain




  • Low production of aromatic rice in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and high dependence on imports from Asia.
  • Limited access of farmers to seeds adapted to prevalent growing conditions.
  • Lack of availability of aromatic rice varieties suited to SSA's growing conditions.
  • Need to improve yields, quality, and resistance of rice crops in the region.
  • Insufficient connections between stakeholders in the agricultural value chain for the commercialization of aromatic rice varieties.


  • Development of aromatic rice varieties specifically tailored to SSA's agroecosystems.
  • Crossbreeding aromatic rice varieties with elite lines to maintain high yields and other beneficial agronomic traits.
  • Utilization of genetic mapping and molecular tools to expedite selection and breeding processes.
  • Dissemination of ORYLUX variety seeds in local markets to increase availability for farmers.
  • Establishment of connections between farmers, food processors, and consumers through virtual market applications to fully capitalize on the added value of aromatic rice.

Key points to design your business plan

For Seed Multiplier

Producing Orylux technology provides a cost-effective and sustainable solution, addressing economic empowerment, gender equality, and climate resilience in agriculture; empowering diverse farming communities, contributing to enhanced health and wellbeing on a global scale.

To efficiently multiply seeds, it's essential to acquire Foundation or Registered Seed, depending on your role in the seed development process. Multipliers must obtain a certificate for propagating ORYLUX varieties, adhering to the licensing requirements set by each country in SSA for producing and selling certified seeds locally.

Your potential customers are : wholesale distributors of seed to retailers, and to development projects, government agencies, and NGOs. 

Building strong partnerships with wholesale distributor networks is key to the success of your business.


For Users

Using Orylux offers a solution, fostering economic empowerment and enhancing the health and well-being of diverse farming communities.

As key partners you need sellers of  Orylux.

The cost structure, one Kg price of Golden Maize, is USD 1.3 per kilogram with a seed requirement of 10 - 12 kg rice per hectare. 

Also, cosider : 

  • labour costs for planting at US$ 51 per hectare, 
  • fertilizer inputs at US$ 105 per hectare, 
  • and harvesting and winnowing of grain at US$ 200 per hectare.

You need to estimate the profit realized with the use of the the product.


Positive or neutral impact

Adults 18 and over
Positive high
The poor
Positive high
Under 18
Positive low
Positive high

Positive or neutral impact

Climate adaptability
It adapts really well
Adaptability for farmers
It helps a lot
It helps them grow and thrive
Carbon footprint
It reduces emissions a little
It makes a little difference
Soil quality
It doesn't harm the soil's health and fertility
Water usage
It uses the same amount of water

Countries with a green colour
Tested & adopted
Countries with a bright green colour
Countries with a yellow colour
Egypt Equatorial Guinea Ethiopia Algeria Angola Benin Botswana Burundi Burkina Faso Democratic Republic of the Congo Djibouti Côte d’Ivoire Eritrea Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Cameroon Kenya Libya Liberia Madagascar Mali Malawi Morocco Mauritania Mozambique Namibia Niger Nigeria Republic of the Congo Rwanda Zambia Senegal Sierra Leone Zimbabwe Somalia South Sudan Sudan South Africa Eswatini Tanzania Togo Tunisia Chad Uganda Western Sahara Central African Republic Lesotho
Countries where the technology has been tested and adopted
Country Tested Adopted
Nigeria Not tested Adopted
Senegal Not tested Adopted

This technology can be used in the colored agro-ecological zones. Any zones shown in white are not suitable for this technology.

Agro-ecological zones where this technology can be used
AEZ Subtropic - warm Subtropic - cool Tropic - warm Tropic - cool

Source: HarvestChoice/IFPRI 2009

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that are applicable to this technology.

Sustainable Development Goal 1: no poverty
Goal 1: no poverty
Sustainable Development Goal 2: zero hunger
Goal 2: zero hunger
Sustainable Development Goal 3: good health and well-being
Goal 3: good health and well-being
Sustainable Development Goal 8: decent work and economic growth
Goal 8: decent work and economic growth
Sustainable Development Goal 5: gender equality
Goal 5: gender equality

ORYLUX varieties are cultivated in the same way as any type of rice.

  1. Manually or mechanically planted by sowing seed at the planting densities of 10 - 12 kg rice seed per ha under the System for Rice Intensification or 50 kg/ha under non-SRI conditions. 
  2. Mineral fertilizer and animal manure applied at recommended dosage.
  3. Soil water contents are managed through construction of low embankments around divides paddy fields, and weed control is through manual removal, mulching and chemical agents. 

Last updated on 22 May 2024