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The Zarraga Integrated Diversified Organic Farmers Association (ZIDOFA) is promoting the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) to help farmers get greater yield.
SRI, a management strategy for crop improvement, allows farmers to use less seeds and water, giving them great returns from their capital, explained Joby Arandela, ZIDOFA chairman.
“The System of Rice Intensification, a low-tech approach, is a method or rice cultivation which uses 50 percent less water and 90 percent less seeds yet it allows the farmers the capability to produce even more than [they] did with conventional chemical rice farming,” Arandela said.
SRI, now utilized by more than 5 million farmers worldwide, has won global recognition for being climate-friendly.
“This is because it utilizes intermittent irrigation which takes away the usual practice of flooding rice paddies for long periods of time. This causes aerobic conditions in the soil which reduces the emission of greenhouse gas methane,” Arandela noted.
The ZIDOFA chief furthermore explained that SRI relies more on agronomic factors to provide optimum conditions for the rice plants to show their true potential to thrive.


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