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Jakarta Post

Intensive farming brings rewards

  • Trisha Sertori


Gianyar   /   Thu, November 27 2008   /  11:13 am
A farmer measures the greater distance between single-seed planted SRI rice. (JP/J.B. Djwan)(JP/J.B. Djwan)

Hundreds of farmers across Bali and other parts of Indonesia are yielding bumper rice harvests from minimal seed use thanks to a revolutionary planting method. The method allows for a 50 percent increase in harvest using just one 10th of the normal seed planted, virtually no chemical fertilizers and little water. The System of Rice Intensification, or SRI, was first developed in Madagascar in the 1980s and has since been introduced to 36 nations across the globe, including major rice growers, China and Thailand. Convincing local farmers that if they plant just five kilograms of seed over a hectare instead of the standard 50 kilograms of seed they will almost double their yield was hard work, say SRI adherents and trainers I Made Chakra, Made Warsa, Wayan Balik and Ketut Murjana. Today across Bali, 32 subak, or water management organizations comprising hundre...