A paddy plantation trial under the System of Rice Intensification, known as SRI, has been successfully concluded in Mandalay Region, according to local growers.
Ayeya Min paddy was successfully grown over 7 acres using the SRI method as part of a trial which ended in July, said U Kyaw Win, a local farmer from Ahyaemasoe Village, Myittha Township, Kyaukse District, Mandalay Region.
The SRI is a methodology aimed at increasing rice yields.
“Earlier, we planted paddy normally. But, this year, we planted the paddy using the SRI method because we were interested in SRI and the weather conditions were favorable. We want to urge local farmers to grow paddy using SRI,” he added.
Growing paddy with SRI can help farmers save on seeds, fertilizers, and water, he said. “Earlier, paddy production cost over K200,000 per acre. Using SRI, it will cost just K150,000 per acre,” he added.
“Growing paddy with SRI can increase yields. Normal paddy plantations can produce around 60 or 80 baskets (one basket weighs 46 lbs) per acre, while SRI paddy plantations can produce around 80 or 100 baskets per acre,” said U Sein Shwe, a local farmer. According to a Myanmar Climate Change Alliance (MCCA) report, temperature has increased to 0.7 from 0.4 from 2001 to 2020 across the country.
The Mandalay Region Agriculture Department is raising awareness about SRI, while the post-harvest technical school in Htone Bo is providing training to local farmers.
Paddy is being grown on 60 acres of farms using the SRI method in 12 townships of Mandalay region. There are a total of 5,066,132 acres of paddy, bamboo, sugarcane, beans, and edible oil crops in Mandalay Region.—Nadi Hlaing
(Translated by Hay Mar)