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JAPAN: Japan’s Ministry of Ag Acknowledges Role of Regenerative Farming in Climate Solution

JAPAN: Japan’s Ministry of Ag Acknowledges Role of Regenerative Farming in Climate Solution | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

The “Agriculture Is the Solution to Climate Change” conference in Otsu, Japan, was co-sponsored by Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries,  the 4 per 1000 Initiative, and was supported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), FAO, the World Bank, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Rothamsted Research, and the governments of France and Germany, among others.
Regenerational International's  (RI) director Andre Leu gave a keynote presentation on System of Rice Intensification (SRI). SRI can double rice yields, and massively reduce methane emissions, thanks to its lower water usage – and when combined with cover crops, SRI can result in significant soil sequestration of carbon. SRI is a powerful solution for rice farmers all around the world faced with increasing threats of drought, typhoon and coastal storm surge.

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See also the video included in the article: Agriculture is the Solution to Climate Change. The SRI part begins at minute 1:01.

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JAPAN: 自然農田んぼ塾参加者募集

JAPAN: 自然農田んぼ塾参加者募集 | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

自然農田んぼ塾参加者募集
自然農田んぼ塾とは認定 NPO  法人宍塚の自然と歴史の会の活動の 一つで不耕起 ・無農薬・ 無施肥で米づくりを行っているグループです。
「耕さず 草や虫を敵とせず」の川口由 一  氏の自然農のやり方に独自の方法を加え、 一昨年より SRI (the System of Rice Intensification)  :稲作強化法: 乳苗植え付け、  間断灌漑)を取り込んで自然農と SRIの組み合わせを試験的に行っています。
今年は、  作付け品種にイセヒカリ  (伊勢神宮で発見されたコシヒカリ系統のうるち米) プリンセスサリー  (カレーやピラフに適した香り米)  を加え9品種のお米を育てます。

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The Natural Agriculture Rice Field school, located in Tsuchiura, Japan, is a group engaged in natural, no-till rice production that has recently taken up SRI principles. Beginning in April, trial combinations of natural agriculture and SRI will be include nine varieties of rice. People seeking self-sufficiency who feel motivated to build connections and trust rather than economic affluence and also have an interest in natural farming are invited to join.

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JAPAN: 自然農田んぼ塾: 5/1~5/2 SRI栽培イネの田植え

JAPAN: 自然農田んぼ塾: 5/1~5/2 SRI栽培イネの田植え | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

 2015年から始めたSRI栽培実験は、

ことしで2年目になります。

SRI  (the System of Rice Intensification)

  は「稲作強化法」と呼ばれ、①乳苗移植、② 疎植一本植え、③ 間断灌漑を組み合わせた多収量稲作法 です(詳しくは、資料「低投入 ・多収量稲作法 SRI  (the System of Rice Intensification)   について」参照)。乳苗とは、苗丈が数  cm ~9cm、葉齢が 0.5~1.5 で、胚乳がまだ 50%  程度残っている赤ん坊の苗です。 50%  程度残っているデンプンのエネルギーを使って、イネが移植後旺盛に成長を開始す るのが特徴です。 

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This is a story about SRI trials at Shishizuka Field, near Tsukuba, in Japan. This is the second year of trials.

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JAPAN: Comparative study of methane emission and structural development of rice plants from SRI and non-SRI methods in a lysimeter experiment.

JAPAN: Comparative study of methane emission and structural development of rice plants from SRI and non-SRI methods in a lysimeter experiment. | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it
Mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emission is a challenging issue in context of coping with the ongoing climate change. Rice farming is considered as the major emitter of CH4 along with gaseous N2O. There are several methods of irrigation management that reduces the amount of CH4 and N2O gases produced, such as intermittent irrigation and mid-season drainage. SRI (System of Rice Intensification) is one of the new methods known to increase the yield while mitigating GHGs by applying one of key elements intermittent irrigation, and is a method which is now disseminating in many tropical countries. This study was conducted to measure the effectiveness of SRI method by measuring rice plant development, yield component, and methane emission using a lysimeter facility. The transplanted nursery was koshihikari, a Japanese rice variety. The study compared between two plots with different water treatments. The results showed that a plant growth characteristics were better in a Continuous plot than in a Intermittent plot, while grain yield was not significantly different. Methane gas was almost 50% less in the Intermittent plot than in the Continuous plot. Total global warming potential from methane emission for Intermittent plot and Continuous plot were 50.41 g CO2/m2 and 100.53 g CO2/m2, respectively. The results suggest that SRI methodology could be an effective method for mitigating methane emission without reducing the grain yield.
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JAPAN: Reduction of greenhouse gases emission from paddy fields

JAPAN: Reduction of greenhouse gases emission from paddy fields | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

...Paddy fields are thought to be a major emitter of GHGs (greenhouse gas) such as methane, nitrous oxide, and carbon dioxide. In 2007, IPCC reported that agriculture contributed about 14% of GHG emission annually. Many techniques involving the control of resources like water and fertilizers are known as ways to increase rice production. Few studies have conducted lysimeter experiments to study the methane emission with water management that showed percolation of soil organic matters and nutrients through water drainage from the rice paddies decreases methane gas emission.  The management of water, and in particular mid-season drainage, is an effective measure for reducing the methane flux from rice fields. Some of the sustainable rice practices have been in existence already, such as the SRI (System of Rice Intensification).  SRI is a technique for farmers to improve rice production by controlling water, soil nutrients, and plants in the paddy fields. It is known to produce higher yields, save water, and reduce fertilizer use....

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