Zambo Sur farmers complete rice production training

April 4, 2014 5:24 am 

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, April 3 -– The rice yields of farmers in nearby Molave town, this province, are expected to increase by at least 20 percent following the introduction of new technology by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform officer Arthur Soria said Thursday that 90 Agrarian Reform Beneficiary-farmers from Barangays Culo, Miligan and Rizal in Molave town have just graduated from a four-month organic rice production training on System of Rice Intensification (SRI).

Molave, a first class municipality comprising of 25 barangays, is one of the major rice producing town seated within the Salug Valley areas of this province.

Soria said the SRI is being implemented by DAR to support rice organic farming program in the country in line with DAR-ARCP2’s goal of: “Making Them Rice and Happy, Now Na!”

Soria said among the SRI best practices imparted to the ARB farmers during the training 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.

DAR Support Services Chief Josephine Sisican said the SRI training aims to strengthen the knowledge, capacity and skills of farmers, through technical information to improve their rice cultivation methods. (PNA)



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