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Farmers of two Zambo Sur towns undergo management training

business mirrorPAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur—The rice yields of some 200 farmers from the municipalities of Molave and Midsalip in this province are expected to increase by more than 20 percent.

This after they were oriented on System of Rice Intensification (SRI), officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said.

DAR Support Services Chief Josephine Sisican said the SRI orientation was the start of the 48-day hands-on season long farming field school or production training for agrarian- reform beneficiaries (ARB) in the barangays of Culo, Miligan and Rizal (Cumiriz-Agrarian Reform Communities) in Molave town.

DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Arturo Soria said the SRI training was aimed to strengthen the knowledge, capacity and skills of farmers, local authorities and other stakeholders related to the principles of SRI, so that they are equipped with more technical information to improve their rice cultivation methods.

Soria is optimistic that with SRI adoption, the ARBs in the two municipalities will increase their harvests and income in line with DAR-ARCP2’s goal of: “Making Them Rich and Happy, Now Na!”

Soria said municipalities Molave and Midsalip are among the major rice producers in Salug Valley area of this province.

He said among the SRI best practices imparted to the ARBs in the two towns are the following: early and careful transplanting; tender loving care, ensuring that no root is cut; single seedling per hill for it to maximize sunshine and soil nutrients; higher seedling space density or wider distances between seedlings; observing alternate/intermittent wetting and drying; controlling the growth of weeds and grasses; and using as much organic composts for land preparation as possible.

SRI Specialist Roberto Verzola, the resource speaker, has advised the ARBs to start SRI method with land area of 100-square-meters to 500 sq m plot.

Verzola told the farmers that they could apply such strategy in a larger farm when they have mastered the application of SRI techniques.

Verzola proudly told the farmer-participants of the orientation that the SRI holds the phenomenal world rice harvest record of 448 cavans of rice per hectare per cropping in India in 2011.

He added that the SRI was discovered by Fr. Henri de Laulanie with farmers assigned in his parish in Madagascar, Africa, and being adopted in more than 50 countries worldwide. PNA

Source: http://businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/en/business/agri-commodities/23710-farmers-of-two-zambo-sur-towns-undergo-management-training

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