Thursday, January 7, 2016

Attain a Yield of 170 cavans per Hectare!

 Aringay, La Union farmer Federico Rullamas efforts yielded him 170 cavans of high-value organic red rice per hectare. He was awarded the “Highest Yielder of Naturally Grown Organic Rice Farming”  for 2015.

Rullamas used a new method of growing rice called the system of rice intensification (SRI), which involves a simple set of rice management practices that farmers can easily learn in one season. He also supplemented SRI with composted chicken manure plus home-made organic sprays which he learned from SRI Pilipinas trainer Venancio Garde Jr.

Rullamas employed a new method called System of Rice Intensification (SRI) wherein farmers can easily learn simple sets rice management practices within one planting season. SRI is also combined with composts from chicken manure and organic sprays produced in their own homes as instructed by SRI Pilipinas trainer Venancio Garde, Jr.

Garde calls his original formulation the “soil nutrient enhancer” but adds that this is no secret and that it can be learned for free via text to SRI Pilipinas Hotline (0939-1178999).

In a training jointly sponsored by the LGU of Aringay, La Union and SRI Pilipinas, farmers like Rullamas learned of the new method in boosting rice yields. The Dangunniang Bayan of Aringay budgeted Php300,000 annually for the conduct of SRI training among the farmers in its locality and more than 100 farmers have already become beneficiaries of the training.

The method involves planting 12 day old seedlings singly, at a distance of 12 inches. Alternate wetting and drying and the utilization of mechanical weeders to control weed infestation.

This resulted in the 170 cavans per hectare compared to the national average of 80 cavans per hectare. The use of non-fossil based chemical fertilizers reduces significantly carbon dioxide emissions and that by drying the rice field regularly minimizes methane emissions.

SRI is also considered climate-resilient, because the resulting rice plants are also sturdier, deeper-rooted, and therefore less vulnerable to droughts, floods and high winds.

(For details, contact Mr. Mangaoang at 0920-8788979 or Roberto Verzola, 0917-8117747)


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