SRI Global News: February - April 2024 **sririce -- System of Rice Intensification
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A Celebration of Women, Water, and Rice – Interview with Emily Sutanto

A Celebration of Women, Water, and Rice – Interview with Emily Sutanto | SRI Global News: February - April 2024 **sririce -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

To celebrate International Women’s Day, March 8, and World Water Day, March 22, we want to share some insights from  Emily’s personal journey and why changing rice production to more regenerative practices...

For the Java area, usually to produce rice using non-SRI methods, it takes between 3000-4000 liters of water to grow 1 kilo of rice. Using SRI, we only need about 750 liters of water per kilo of rice.  This is a dramatic difference. 

... SRI is definitely more women friendly.  Because it uses 90% less seedlings with single seedlings planted wider apart, women can save time when planting.  The time saved is used to gather food for their animals which are valuable sources for compost and extra income.  Now they can expand their livestock numbers. Also, the women have less skin disease because they are not working in flooded fields and have fewer cases of malaria. 
 
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PHILIPPINES: Is the rice industry finally on the rise? | BusinessMirror

PHILIPPINES: Is the rice industry finally on the rise? | BusinessMirror | SRI Global News: February - April 2024 **sririce -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

Should the Philippines pursue rice self-sufficiency at all costs? Or must it focus, instead, on assuring food security and higher incomes for farmers that could bail them out of their moribund state of poverty?

...On competitiveness, former Agriculture Secretary Dar said we can never be competitive, as our production costs are as much as P11 to P12 per kilo, in contrast to Vietnam’s P6 to P7 per kilo, and Thailand’s P9 per kilo, as both enjoy vast flat lands naturally irrigated at virtually no cost by the huge Mekong River. Our focus must, therefore, be on food security and higher farmer incomes and not on self-sufficiency alone.
Jesse Las Marias, an economist and agriculture practitioner, who was one of the forum audience, says “with better technologies and farming systems like the System of Rice Intensification [SRI] system, we can bring down costs of production to P4 to P6 per kilo, which are already competitive with our neighbors.”

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