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CENTRAL/WESTERN ASIA: SRI Trials in Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iraq Sponsored by CWA-Rice

CENTRAL/WESTERN ASIA: SRI Trials in Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iraq Sponsored by CWA-Rice | SRI Global News: February - April 2024 **sririce -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

[December 2021]

At the Central and West Asia Rice Center (CWA-Rice) annual meeting, a virtual training course on Sustainable Rice Production was held, which began with SRI. At the start of the 2021 rice season, the head of CWA-Rice Center decided to implement the SRI system with a unified experiment in three member-countries: Iraq, Turkey, and Azerbaijan.
During the past four rice seasons (2018-2021), the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture included SRI system in its annual scientific program at the Al-Mishkhab Rice Research Station. The ministry also recognized Distinguished Rice Farmers who practice SRI rice-growing in Iraqi provinces, producing high-grade rice seed with nearly 100% purity.

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CENTRAL & WEST ASIA: Rice production training to focus on the System of Rice Intensification

CENTRAL & WEST ASIA: Rice production training to focus on the System of Rice Intensification | SRI Global News: February - April 2024 **sririce -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

A three-day training in Iran on the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) is being sponsored in May/June by the Central & Western Asia Rice Center (CWARice). The primary trainers will come from Iraq and Iran. The event is intended for rice scientists, rice experts/practitioners and professional rice growers.

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This is the first international SRI training that we know of in this part of the world!

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IRAQ: Khidhir Abbas Hameed presents SRI research from three provinces

IRAQ: Khidhir Abbas Hameed presents SRI research from three provinces | SRI Global News: February - April 2024 **sririce -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

Studies were conducted in farmers' fields during 2019  in three provinces in southern Iraq to compare SRI methods with farmers’ conventional farming methods (CFM) in terms of grain yield and components of yield. The results of the study were presented by Khidhir Abbas Hameed at the Scientific Symposium held at Muthanna University, Iraq, on Jan. 13, 2020. In all cases, SRI had a more favorable effect on grain yield and components of yield when compared to CFM. SRI also produced higher grain yield: 25.6% in at Muthanna province, 24.5% in Najaf province, and 13.2% in Diwaniya province.

 

This study showed that SRI can produce higher yield (>25%) and better plant performance with increased resilience. At the same time, SRI reduces water requirements by >25%, which is important due to the severe water shortages in Iraq. As an environment-friendly, input-saving and yield-enhancing strategy, the Ministry of Agriculture of Iraq has included SRI as one of the components of its National High Yielding Rice Seeds Production Program.

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 IRAQ - حلقة جديدةمن  البرنامج الزراعي غذاؤنا من ارضنا

An Iraqi video from a TV news show called "Our Food from our Land". The first 7 minutes of this 18 minute news clip are about rice production, in which Khidhir Abbas Hameed explains about SRI principles of organic inputs, wider spacing, and reduced water use with AWD. The Agriculture Extension and Training Center in Najaf convened the rice farmers using Farmer Field School methods.

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Khidhir A. Hameed also made presentations on SRI in Iraq at the 5th International Rice Congress in Singapore and Asia SRI Networks Workshop in Malaysia. His presentations will appear in upcoming newsletters focusing on these events.

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