Organic rice cultivation is easy

In Japan, rice paddies are available in various sizes and styles. Like the number of rice paddies, various rising methods come in an abundance as smartly. Especially relating to organic rice. Though, selecting the proper way for rice production very much is determined by the farm’s surroundings. Japan is a very lengthy stretched nation, compared to my own home nation, the Netherlands. Climate contrast of Japan’s maximum northern and southern area are massive. With cool summers and icy/snowy winters in the north and a extremely popular and humid sub-tropical local weather in the south.

According to skilled Japanese organic farmers I’ve met, rice is one of the absolute best crop to develop organically, if accomplished right.

Organic rice cultivation

I’ll explain the fundamentals of organic rice growing and give an introduction into a few different strategies.

Every aspect of a paddy box was invented with weed management in mind.

Flooding the fields, planting seedlings as an alternative of direct sowing, integrating animals and so forth.

Sustainable weeds and pest control in rice field

These inventive manner of coping with weed problems had been utilized since earlier period. In common, the better the soil becomes, the fewer weed drive you’ve gotten.

But the beginning section is essentially the most important moment in the pursuit for weed control.

“Aigamo Method”

Recently farmer Shiramizu explained me his means of rice manufacturing.

He makes use of the “Aigamo method” which permits for the production of natural rice whilst relying on much less guide hard work.

By the use of the Aigamo approach, Aigamo geese are released into the rice paddy.

Between 15 and 20 of these birds are needed for each and every 1,000 square meters of rice paddy.

Duck introduction in rice field

The benefits of the use of Aigamo ducks are amazing. Aigamo ducks assist the rice seedlings grow via consuming both bugs and weeds that get in the way. Consequently, the farmer is free from the back-breaking work of bending over to pull weeds by way of hand or using different weeding equipment. Living within the rice paddy, the geese fertilize the field with their manure. In addition, they stir up the soil within the rice paddy with their feet and expenses, a process that increases the oxygen content material of the soil, making it extra nutritious for the seedlings. But most significantly, since the ducks fire up the soil, weeds don’t get the danger of reaching the skin.

And finally, when it comes time to reap the rice within the fall, the geese have grown fat and will also be slaughtered for his or her meat. Farmer Shiramizu and his spouse experience Aigamo duck meat all through the iciness in quite a lot of cuisines.

Though, the advantages are great, one still must believe all the different predators that want to come and consume your ducklings. It’s now not uncommon to see crows flying away together with your newly launched yellow ducklings, as farmer Shiramizu describes. I still keep in mind my process of taking pictures fireworks every time crows got here just about the sector, 3 years in the past.

Other animals that hunt your ducks are: foxes, weasels, raccoons, canines and so forth. That’s why you can’t use the Aigamo way without the usage of a proper fence round the whole box and protective fishing line from above. Also important is a refuge where the ducklings can leisure and take safe haven from rain. And finally, the ducklings must be fed within the beginning segment. (no longer sure if fed throughout the season)

But in any case, I don’t suppose the disadvantages weigh as much as the many nice benefits of the use of Aigamo geese.

Shiramizu’s Aigamo method:

  1. Skipping a couple of steps, we start with a flooded field.
  2. Rice bran pallets are scattered everywhere the surface. This causes the water to grow to be cloudy, bring to mind it as an underwater mulch.
  3. The field is then cultivated, together with the rice bran. This will purpose the flooded field to transform a slimy mud, which makes it exhausting for weeds to make their manner up.
  4. Muddy box will then be left for 1-2 weeks.
  5. The field is cultivated another time getting rid of any weeds that might have sprouted and again makes the sphere a slimy dust.
  6. Then, rice seedlings are planted. Meanwhile rice field ducklings are saved in a small phase of the paddy.
  7. After the seedling have grown to the fitting measurement, about 1-2 weeks, Aigamo ducklings are allowed into the paddy. Just just like the tilling with the tractor they too fire up the soil, combating weeds from rising.
Rice brain application in field

The key to his manner is to make sure that the surroundings in the rice paddy remains unsuitable for weeds to grow. Rice bran, or rice bran pallets, causes the surface to turn into cloudy. Some farmers may additionally unfold rice bran after the planting of the rice seedlings. This method, weeds don’t get a chance in the beginning segment after planting.

Shiramizu releases Aigamo ducks that fire up the soil, so he simplest spreads rice bran once ahead of tilling. Secondly, tilling the sphere two times sooner than planting eliminates most weeds and makes for muddy prerequisites. Even just before harvest length, the field remains mostly blank of weeds.


Shiramizu doesn’t in point of fact fertilize his rice paddy. Obviously, the Aigamo ducks play crucial position in enriching the soil with their manure. In addition, mountain river water not simplest maintains the best water level in the field, but is also a valuable supply of quite a lot of vitamins.

Fertilizer application in rice field

Cover vegetation

(plants grown for the security and enrichment of the soil.)

Most typical farmers in Japan will go away their rice paddies fallow after harvest till subsequent season’s rice planting. It’s the organic farmers that still care in regards to the soil and make the most of duvet crops. Below are some commonplace cover plants:

Fish and Rice

Italian Ryegrass

The cover crop Shiramizu these days uses.

Italian ryegrass is sown within the box just a few weeks ahead of rice is harvested. Once harvest is finished Italian grass fill the sphere. The intensive root system of this cap crop tolerates compacted soils and will conserve residual nitrogen within the soil after rice harvest. Can also be used as feed for farm animals.

Chinese white milk vetch

A Chum of Shiramizu is the one farmer in Irokawa who grows milk vetch after rice harvest.

Milk vetch fertilizes the paddy fields, feeds cattle, and is a source of honey. Until only a while in the past, many paddy fields everywhere Japan used to be drenched pink with vetch blossom, waiting for next season’s rice planting. Being a legume, it’s able to fix nitrogen through a symbiotic dating with Rhizobia. Besides serving as nice fertilizer, the flowers are fit for human consumption and include several medicinal effects.

Other possible choices

Other possible choices are Hairy vetch and more than a few kinds of clovers.

Besides the use of Aigamo, other strategies include:

Releasing Koi carpers within the rice paddy for a similar reason as Aigamo ducks.

Flooding fields in iciness to draw swans.

Soybean cultivation on ridges between rice fields.

Manchurian wild rice Cultivation (マコモタケ; Makomo) in a piece of the rice box.

I try my highest to put up weblog put up more frequently, but I nonetheless will have to find a steadiness between farm work, Japanese find out about, agriculture find out about, crafting and writing.

Maybe shorter articles are higher instead of writing these extremely long weblog posts…

Seed Certification Dept gets 16 proposals of hybrid rice

National Coordinator on Rice Crop of Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) has introduced the working papers of all of the 16 proposals of rice hybrids for the advice to the Federal SeedCertification and Registration Department. The proposals had been presented in the meeting of the Variety Evaluation Committee on Rice, which used to be held right here Wednesday with a purpose to make stronger the rice seed business and promote the manufacturing of crop in the nation.

Presiding over the variety evaluation committee assembly, Member Plant Sciences Division, PARC Dr Muhammad Anjum Ali, emphasized the function of quality seed for the productivity and profitability of farmers and appreciated the position of seed companies for making efforts to support the possibility of rice hybrids in Pakistan. Members of Variety Evaluation Committee also liked the position of personal seed companies for taking passion in rice research and development and working in shut collaboration with public sector for boosting the rice output in the country.

Representatives of seed firms liked the role of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council for devising a transparent procedure and setting the new bench marks for checking out of rice hybrids in the country for the benefits of farmers in addition to rice sector

Under the provision of Seed Rules 2016, the standard running procedures for the management of National Uniform Yield Trials and comparable industry were also introduced in the meeting, but even so the it also reviewed the standards for evaluation of rice hybrids for evaluating the hybrids sorts of rice for the approaching crop.

    Representatives of seed firms liked the role of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council for devising a transparent procedure and setting the new bench marks for checking out of rice hybrids in the country for the benefits of farmers in addition to rice sector.

    Among others, the assembly used to be attended by technical members of the committee from National Agriculture Research System of the country together with rice breeders, agronomists, entomologists, pathologists, seed mavens, policy-makers, personal seed companies’ representatives and provincial seed cooperation representatives.

    Approved Rice varieties in Pakistan

    Approved Rice varieties in Pakistan

    There are mainly three (3) kinds of rice sorts in Pakistan, which can be produced for native consumption abs well for export. These are Basmati (fragrant), IRRI selection (medium long grain) and impressive grain (cold tolerant types). Throughout the world, Basmati rice is rather well-known for its pleasant aroma blended with consuming qualities and best possible cooking. The medium long grain rice varieties are typically produced in Sindh area and supply superior yield than basmati rice varieties.

    List of rice sorts in Pakistan

    Ahmed and Akram (2007) have made a substantial effort to consolidate the entire rice varieties grown in Pakistan. The rice types are as follows:

    Name of rice variety Release year
    Basmati 370 1933
    JP-5 1965
    Basmati Pak 1968
    IR6 1971
    Basmati 198 1972
    Kashmir Nafes 1981
    DR 82 1982
    KS 282 1983
    DR 83 1983
    Swat 1 1984
    Swat 2 1984
    Basmati 385 1988
    Shadab 1988
    Sada Hayat 1988
    DR 92 1993
    Shut 92 1993
    Pakhal 1996
    Rachna basmati 1996
    Super Basmati 1996
    Kushboo 95 1996
    Saheen basmati 2001
    Basmat 2000 2001
    NIAB-IR( 2001
    Sarshar 2003

    Rice varieties in Punjab

    Basmati Rice (high quality long grain and aromatic) is fashionable in Punjab for cultivation. Punjab’s climate and soil paintings to the good thing about the production of Basmati rice types. The soil is either sandy with just right drainage or limited with just right drainage. Locally grown rice varieties in Punjab are as follows:

    Basmati 370 

    Year of release 1933
    Plant height (cm) 172
    Tillers/hill (No.) 11
    Maturity days (No.) 115-120
    Leaf habits Droopy
    Stem Weak
    Grains/panicle 115
    Paddy Grain
    Length (mm) 9.50
    Breadth (mm) 2.20
    Milling Recovery (%)
    Total 70.4
    Head Rice 62.3
    Milled Grain
    Length (mm) 6.70
    Breadth (mm) 1.60
    LIB ratio 4.19
    Size Long
    Shape Slender


    Plant height (cm) 175
    Tillers/hill (No. 10
    Paddy Grain Length (mm) 9.50
    Paddy Grain breadth (mm) 2.10
    Milled Grain Deep Chocolate Color
    Milled Grain Length (mm) 6.70
    Milled Grain breadth (mm) 1.92
    L/B ratio 3.50
    1. Jhona-349 
    Plant height (cm) 175
    Tillers/hill (No.) 12
    Maturity days (No.) 95
    Paddy Grain Length (mm) 9.09
    Paddy Grain Breadth (mm) 2.33
    Milled Grain Length (mm)  6.36
    Milled Grain Breadth (mm) 2.00
    LIB ratio 2.86


    Mushkan – 41  
    Paddy Grain – Length (mm) 9.72
    Paddy Grain Breadth (mm) 2.00
    Milled Grain Light Chocolate Colour
    Milled Grain Length (mm) 6.80
    Milled Grain Breadth (mm) 1.90
    LIB ratio 3.54


    Sathra -278  
    Plant height (cm) 150
    Paddy Grain Length (mm) 9.54
    Paddy Grain Breadth (mm) 2.30
    Milled Grain Length (mm) 6.70
    Milled Grain Breadth (mm) 2.20


    Paddy Grain Length (mm) 9.4
    Paddy Grain Breadth (mm) 2.56
    Milled Grain Length (mm) 6.55
    Milled Grain Breadth (mm) 2.08
    LIB ratio 3.14

    Palman 246 

    Palman 246   
    Paddy Grain Length (mm 9.9
    Paddy Grain Breadth (mm)
    Milled Grain Length (mm) 6.9
    Milled Grain Breadth (mm) 1.7
    L/B ratio 4.05


    Paddy Grain Length (mm) 9.40
    Paddy Grain Breadth (mm) 2.10
    Milled Grain Length (mm) 6.90
    Milled Grain Breadth (mm) 1.7

    Basmati Pak 

    Basmati Pak Rice  
    Paddy Grain Length (mm) 10.9
    Breadth(mm) 2.20
    Milling Recovery Total (%) 70.0
    Head Rice 60.0
    Milled Grain Length (mm) 7.70
    Milled Grain Breadth (mm) 1.80
    L/B ratio 4.27


    Paddy Grain Length (mm) 8.81
    Paddy Grain Breadth
    Milled Grain Length (mm) 6.40
    Breadth (mm) 2.80
    • IRRI-6 
    Paddy Grain Length (mm) 9.70
    Breadth (mm) 2.40
    Milled Grain Length (mm) 6.62
    Breadth (mm) 1.90

    BASMATI – 198 

    BASMATI – 198  
    Paddy Grain Length
    Breadth (mm) 2.26
    Milled Grain Length (mm) 6.9
    Breadth (mm) 1.90
    • PK 177 
    PK 177  
    Milled Grain Length (mm) 6.9
    Breadth (mm) 4.31
    Paddy Grain Length (mm) 9.8
    Breadth (mm) 2.3

    KS 282 

    KS – 282  
    Paddy Grain Length (mm) 9.80
    Breadth (mm) 2.30
    Milling Recovery’ (%) Total 72,4
    Head Rice 58.5
    Milled Grain Length (mm) 6.7
    Breadth (mm) 2.00

    BASMATI – 385 

    BASMATI – 385  
    Paddy Grain Length (mm) 9.60
    Breadth (mm) 2.2
    Milling Recovery’ (%) Total 71.7
    Head Rice 65.2
    Milled Grain Length (mm) 6.8
    Breadth (mm) 1.6
    Size Long
    Shape Slender
    Protein (%) 8.1
    Amylose (%) 23.18
    Aroma Moderate


    Paddy Grain Length (mm) 11.2
    Breadth (mm) 2.11
    Milling Recovery’ (%) Total 69.7
    Head Rice 58.8
    Milled Grain Length (mm) 7.4
    Breadth (mm) 1.6
    Size Extra Long
    Shape Slender
    Protein (%) 8.9
    Amylose (%) 24.8
    Aroma Strong

    BASMATI – 2000 

    BASMATI – 2000  
    Paddy Grain Length (mm) 10.89
    Breadth (mm) 1.97
    Milling Recovery’ (%) Total 69.5
    Head Rice 53
    Milled Grain Length (mm) 7.68
    Breadth (mm) 1.83
    Size Extra Long
    Shape Slender
    Protein (%) 8.1
    Amylose (%) 25.2
    Aroma Strong


    Paddy Grain Length (mm) 9.8
    Breadth (mm) 2.3
    Milling Recovery’ (%) Total 68
    Head Rice 52
    Milled Grain Length (mm) 6.61
    Breadth (mm) 1.80
    Size Long
    Shape Slender
    Protein (%) 6.5
    Amylose (%) 20.15
    Aroma Strong


    NIAB IR9  
    Paddy Grain Length (mm) 10.5
    Breadth (mm) 2.4
    Milling Recovery’ (%) Total 68.0
    Head Rice 51.5
    Milled Grain Length (mm) 6.87
    Breadth (mm) 1.6
    Size Long
    Shape Slender
    Protein (%) 7.23
    Amylose (%) 22.29
    Aroma Nil

    NIAB IR9 

    NIAB IR9  
    Paddy Grain Length (mm) 10.5
    Breadth (mm) 2.4
    Milling Recovery’ (%) Total 68.0
    Head Rice 51.5
    Milled Grain Length (mm) 6.87
    Breadth (mm) 1.6
    Size Long
    Shape Slender
    Protein (%) 7.23
    Amylose (%) 22.29
    Aroma Nil


    Paddy Grain Length (mm) 9.88
    Breadth (mm) 2.0
    Milling Recovery’ (%) Total 68.4
    Head Rice 62.75
    Milled Grain Length (mm) 7.23
    Breadth (mm) 1.77
    Size Extra Long
    Shape Slender
    Protein (%) 7
    Amylose (%) 22.96
    Aroma Moderate

    Improving water productivity vital for sustainable rice production

    Improving water productiveness is important for sustainable rice manufacturing and boosting rice exports from the current $2 billion to $5 billion. Pakistan Basmati Heritage Association (PBHA) Director Sheikh Adnan Aslam made these remarks at ‘Khushal Kissan’ seminar. Rice farmers from Jhang district and key individuals of PBHA together with Ch Muhammad Shahzad & Raja Arsalan attended the development.

    The farmers to adopt international rice usual of sustainable rice platform convened by UNE & IRRI for promoting useful resource potency and sustainability.

    Imran Sheikh —COORDINATOR PBHA

    Sheikh Adnan Aslam shared the challenge & objectives of PBHA for meeting demanding situations and motion plan for promotion and preservation of basmati rice in manufacturing and export. He said the rustic used to be facing a looming water disaster.Director Punjab Seed Corporation Malik Imtiaz advised the farmers to make use of certified seed for increasing yield and quality of rice. He appreciated the initiative of PBHA for providing healthy and authorized seed on sponsored fee to the farmers.

    Former Chairman REAP Ch Masood Iqbal suggested the federal government to introduce new basmati types for ensuring productivity and pest resistance. Praising PBHA undertaking, he termed it a ray of hope for the rice sector. Coordinator PBHA Imran Sheikh urged the farmers to adopt international rice usual of sustainable rice platform convened by UNE & IRRI for promoting useful resource potency and sustainability.

    Senior Manager & Head Advisory Services FFC Rao Muhammad Tariq shared his perspectives about balanced use of fertilizers and the significance of potash & micronutrients in boosting rice productiveness, quality and profitability. Zonal Manager North Engro Fertilizers Naeem Farukh highlighted the balanced use of fertilizers by means of following 4R principles (proper sort, proper dose, proper position & proper time). Deputy Director On-Farm Water Management Tariq Maqbool briefed the contributors about dwindling water resources and highlighted the importance of precision land leveling for making improvements to water potency, yield & source of revenue.

    Basmati body calls for boosting rice exports to $5b

    Improving water productivity within the rice ecosystem is inevitable for sustainable rice manufacturing and boosting rice exports of Pakistan from the current $2 billion to $5 billion, mentioned Pakistan Basmati Heritage Association (PBHA) Director Sheikh Adnan Aslam.

    He was talking at the Khushal Kissan seminar arranged via the association for the promotion and preservation of basmati rice heritage of Pakistan.

    Citing that PBHA was once aimed toward mitigating demanding situations to Basmati rice production, he lamented that Pakistan faced a looming water crisis and stressed the will for bettering water productivity in rice fields. He shared the PBHA’s action plan for the promotion and preservation of Basmati rice for export.

    Punjab Seed Corporation Director Malik Imtiaz, who was once present in the seminar, steered farmers to make use of qualified seeds yearly which might served as a basis for increasing the yield and quality of Basmati rice. He preferred the initiative of PBHA for offering healthy and certified seeds at subsidised rates to the farmers.

    Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan former chairman Chaudhry Masood Iqbal emphasised that the government must introduce new basmati types for ensuring rice productivity and pest resistance. Praising PBHA’s mission, he termed it the ‘ray of light’ for the rice sector in Pakistan.

    PBHA Coordinator Imran Sheikh elaborated the PBHA’s venture and steered Basmati rice farmers to adopt international rice standards of the Sustainable Rice Platform convened by the International Rice Research Institute for promoting resource efficiency and sustainability through making sure meals safety.

    The government must introduce new basmati types for ensuring rice productivity and pest resistance. Praising PBHA’s mission, he termed it the ‘ray of light’ for the rice sector in Pakistan.

    Chaudhry Masood Iqbal

    Fauji Fertiliser Senior Manager and Head of Advisory Services Rao Muhammad Tariq shared his perspectives about balanced use of fertilisers and the significance of potash and micronutrients in boosting rice productiveness, high quality and profitability.
    Engro Fertilisers Manager North Naeem Farukh emphasied the balanced use of fertilisers through 4R Principles (right sort, proper dose, right position and right time).

    On-Farm Water Management Deputy Director Tariq Maqbool briefed the members regarding dwindling water resources of Pakistan and underlined the importance of precision land levelling for improving water potency, yield and income.

    Rice Research Institute Kala Shah Kaku Research Officer and Weed Scientist Dr Tahir Hussain Awan shared his revel in of direct seeding and presented a suite of new era for weed control.

    Pakistan’s rice sector lagging behind in productivity

    Pakistan’s rice sector is lagging at the back of in productivity and going through top price of production as compared to different rice-producing nations, mentioned Shahid Tarer, Director Galaxy Rice (Pvt) Ltd. He was talking at a seminar on ‘Water Productivity (WAPRO) Project’ organised by his firm in collaboration with SDC, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Westmill Foods (A division of Associated British Foods & Grain Products Ltd. UK, MARS food & RPL).

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    WAPRO mission is aimed toward making improvements to water efficiency and sustainable rice production in Pakistan. a Lot Of farmers attended the development. Shahid Tarer wired the desire for promotion of world easiest practices for making improvements to resource use efficiency. He also spoke in regards to the imaginative and prescient of SDC’s long-term commitment to global food security and mitigating water scarcity & climate alternate scenario of Pakistan.


    Imran Sheikh, Project Manager, highlighted the goals and means of the WAPRO venture and Galaxy’s Farmer Connect (GFC) program referring to regular advisory carrier to the farmers and promotion of rice cultivation as in line with Sustainable Rice Platform’s same old. Rao Muhammad Tariq, Senior Manager Fouji Fertilizer Company, shared his perspectives about fertilizer utility. He emphasised on balanced fertilizer utility and its position in productiveness and profitability. Dr Arjumand Nizami, Country Director Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, capacitated the farmers relating to water potency as a industry case.

    She quoted the pilot study of 21 rice farmers of head, mid and the story of irrigation minor in district Sheikhupura. Dr Muhammad Sabir, Director Rice Research Institute KSK, briefed the audience about research updates and building initiatives. Dr Tahir Hussain Awan shared his revel in about direct seeding rice and shared the set of the new technology of weed control in DSR. Dr Anjum Ali Buttar, Director General Agriculture (Extension), threw gentle on the ongoing extension tasks and in addition mentioned the agriculture policy 2018.

    Dr Muhammad Afzal, Country Director Crop Life, instructed the farmers in regards to the position of responsible use of insecticides in rice ecosystem for ensuring resource use potency, food security and export of residual free high quality rice. Dr Abdul Ghafoor, Member Plant Sciences PARC, stressed out the desire of accelerating water use potency and selling the type such as WAPRO challenge to save lots of water and make sure meals security not just for present but additionally for long run generations.

    Green touch to rice production

    PADDY farmers within the Long Langai village situated in the Ba’Kelalan highlands of northern maximum Sarawak have accomplished a pioneering feat. They have produced padi harvests the use of a chemical-free farming means referred to as System of Rice Intensification (SRI). Last week, the farmers proudly confirmed their rice, which they named Adan Rice, to the clicking all over a talk over with organised by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Malaysia and the Long Langai residents.

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    WWF senior programme, neighborhood engagement and training officer Alicia Ng said the SRI manner was once proven to be sustainable. It used fewer rice seedlings and no more water during the expansion cycle, enabled more straightforward transplantation of younger seedlings, more effective weeding keep watch over and extra fertile soil conditions as organic fertiliser was once used. “We encourage the farmers to return to organic farming. “I Hope through this harvesting, the farmers will teach others concerning the SRI means. “The reason we embarked on the SRI pilot challenge here’s because Long Langai is the second one biggest village in Ba’Kelalan.

    “The village is also a 20-minute drive away from Ba’Kelelan airport. “Most of the villagers are padi farmers whilst some are considering tourism actions like offering homestays. “As an environmental organisation, we’re having a look at quite a lot of actions together with eco-tourism. Sustainable rice farming is a part of it and shall be a continuing task. “We don’t seem to be advertising or sales mavens. We handiest have a look at how farming has an affect on the environment.

    That is our major worry. “This SRI method will take a lot of hard work, but is worth it because it will save cost, chemical-free farming and a healthy option for the community,” stated Ng all the way through the seek advice from. WWF additionally held workshops for the farmers and Sarawak Agriculture Ministry guided them on eco-friendly agriculture practices. For example, the farmers learnt about built-in soil nutrient control, insect or pest control management and weed control.

    At the workshops, they exchanged studies and shared in regards to the challenges confronted. Matius Padan, head farmer of Long Langai village, mentioned he was hoping more people will soak up this system of farming. “This just right effort was started by WWF, making Long Langai a mission web site with collaboration from the Agriculture Ministry. “We are not only able to learn a new method or gain knowledge, but also maintain a sustainable environmental balance,” mentioned Matius.

    In 2014, Department of Agriculture Sarawak (DoA) introduced SRI farming in Long Rusu village, Ba’ Kelalan, with five farmers joining the three-year take a look at plots programme below its agriculture research centre. WWF used to be additionally involved in the programme, which aimed to advertise chemical-free farming while decreasing pests such as the golden apple snail. WWF and CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd (CIMB Islamic) subsidized local farmers to participate in DoA’s programmes, which included visiting the SRI Lovely Farm in Sik, Kedah, to be told concerning the theories and technical facets of the method. In 2017, SRI farming expanded to Long Langai village, with 11 farmers committing to the project.

    This was made imaginable beneath a pilot challenge via WWF thru a RM1.5mil investment via CIMB Islamic in a three-year partnership (2017-2019). In Ba’Kelalan and Long Semadoh, Sarawak, the whole allocation is RM600,000. “As a company that embraces sustainability group-wide, CIMB Islamic is proud to be related to tasks that aren’t handiest socio-economically really useful, but in addition kind to the environment. “SRI organic farming suits smartly into this concept and our sustainability targets.

    We are happy that extra farmers have authorized and followed the SRI method. “With such encouraging progress, we believe the project can deliver a better outcome by benefiting more communities over time,” stated CIMB Group Islamic banking leader executive officer Rafe Haneef.

    Super Hybrid Rice in Pakistan

    Guard Agricultural Research & Services (Pvt) Limited has introduced the rigors of a brand new “Super Hybrid Rice” selection having potential to provide rice as much as 180 maunds consistent with acre. “We are launching the pains of this variety by sowing it over a space of 100 acres of land in Badin District (Sindh) within the batches of 10 acres to test its doable in Pakistani climate,” mentioned Guard Agri’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Shahzad Ali Malik whilst speaking to Business Recorder right here on Saturday.

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    Guard Agri, having accomplished complete technology switch in hybrid rice seed is by a long way the market leader in the seed marketplace with 74.2% percentage, reflecting the energy of the corporate as a research orientated group.

    Last year, the corporate tested another Hybrid selection called 403, advanced via the Longping Company of China, in the same house, which produced exceptional results and given yield much more than what it given in China. That Hybrid rice produced 135-140 maunds per acre of production in Pakistan. The new variety being put in to trial this yr may be developed by means of the same Chinese Company which could also be working in agricultural research in collaboration with Guard Agri in Pakistan.

    Malik said that when good fortune of the new selection, which is yet to be named for Pakistan, Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) will behavior two years trial of it and then with the approval of Variety Evaluation Committee, it can be presented for commercial sowing. He claimed that Guard Agri is the only corporate in Pakistan doing elementary analysis and construction in new Basmati and non Basmati Rice types. Guard Agri has a nationwide seed distribution network subsidized by way of full technical improve services to the farmer.

    He was hoping that the hybrid rice seed protection from the present 25-30% to over 50% within the next three years. He mentioned that with the success of different hybrid rice a large spice up is anticipated within the production which is at the present is around four.five million heaps in keeping with annum. It could also be discussed right here that during hybrid rice, around 90% of the realm planted with the long-grain seed lies in Sindh while the remainder 10% is cultivated in south Punjab.

    A Future Out of Poverty with SRI

    A Future Out of Poverty with SRI

    In village 10, Bao Dap communes, Tran Yen district, Yen Bai province, 57 out of the 60 households are agricultural-based families. For years, Mr. Nguyen Van Thinh’s circle of relatives used to be one of the most 3 poorest families in the village. His spouse could no longer share box work with him due to her deficient health. His circle of relatives has just 5 sao (1800 squarem.) of rice field.

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    Kharif crops, Vegetables, Fruits and Pulses

    Previously he cultivated rice with conventional strategies that required huge inputs of seed, fertilizer and pesticide that he may no longer find the money for. Therefore the absolute best productiveness harvested was once 1,300 kg of paddy in keeping with sao. We met Mr. Thinh on an early May day at the Farmer Field School .

    He simply gained 30 kg of rice as food help from the commune. In the recent crop season, with encouragement from the Commune and District Plant Protection Station group of workers, Mr. Thinh participated in the FFS and has an SRI trial on 2.5 sao of his rice field.

    He excitedly said he would have a good first SRI harvest within the next month because the rice in his box is growing very well; every hill has healthy crops and extra productive tillers and a better selection of grains in line with tiller. On Mr Thinh’s SRI trial rice box, there is not any wish to spray pesticides and he invested less seeds.

    On his different 2.5 sao of rice land, the place he invested extra seed, and employed workers to spray insecticides four occasions, the rice was not having a look as just right as in his SRI box. Excited from the results of this SRI field check, he stated that in subsequent cropping season he’ll follow SRI on all of his field.

    He believes that he’s going to no longer need to receive rice help and soon might be off the record of the deficient households in his village.