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Monday, 29 January 2018 08:46

SRI boosting rice production in Machinga

Written by  Patrick Ndawala

MACHINGA, January 29, 2018: The African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC) says the introduction of a system of rice intensification (SRI) among farmers in Machinga has helped to increase production of the crop in the district.

SRI is a set of simple ideas and principles that help produce more productive rice plants through transplanting of young seedlings raised in an unflooded nursery and transplanting them in shallow soils with one seed of rice per planting station.

Finance and Administrative Manager for AICC, Henry Chiwalo said Tuesday that since the organization introduced the concept, rice production has increased by 100 percent from 2500 kilograms (kgs) per hectare to at least 5850 kgs per hectare.

“Many small-scale farmers have adopted this innovative technology which has led to increased rice production because it produces high yield per planting station,” Chiwalo said.

Over 2800 rice farmers in three irrigation schemes in Machinga are practicing this system of farming
On a large scale, over 10,000 farmers have adopted SRI in all the eight districts that where AICC is currently implementing the program, according to Chiwalo.

Machinga District Trade Officer, Mervin Mkondiwa commended AICC for the good work of empowering farmers in the district through the programme.

However, Mkondiwa asked for more interventions especially in value addition, saying for farmers to realize more income from their work, they need to improve their products for easy marketing.

“These farmers can only do better through the programme if they benefit more from their production. This can be achieved through value addition,” Mkondiwa said.

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