Applying SRI - A "How To" Guide for farmers and practitioners
A guide based on SSIA, an SRI application from the Philippines
Duration: 15 minutes (Flash)
Target audience: This presentation is intended for farmers and practitioners who are interested in understanding the application process of SRI.
Content Covered: This presentation focuses on one of the field applications of SRI, using the practices from the Philippines, where SRI is locally referred to as Sustainable System of Irrigated Agriculture, or SSIA. Organized as a step-by-step “how to guide”, the SRI application is summarized into six elements with highly illustrative images: 1) seedlings get transplanted at a much younger age; 2) only single seedlings, instead of a handful of seedlings get planted in each hill; 3) plants are spaced wider apart in a square pattern; 4) intermittent water application to create wet and dry soil conditions, instead of continuous flood irrigation; 5) rotary weeding to control weeds and promote soil aeration; and 6) increased use of organic fertilizer to enhance soil fertility.
Special thanks to: Carlos Salazaar (National Irrigation Administration, the Philippines) for contributions to content, photos and technical advice; Bonifacio Labiano, Mario Sagum (National Irrigation Administration, the Philippines), Norman Uphoff (Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development), Shuichi Sato (Nippon Koei, Indonesia Decentralized Irrigation System Improvement Project) for input to and review of narration script and providing photos; Felipe Gabriel, Efren Gabriel (Farmers, San Isidro, Paniqui, Philippines), Fernando Menob, Nemegu Niog Jr. (Irrigators Association, Andanan, Philippines) and Roberto Verzola (SRI-Pilipinas Network) for interviews and photos.
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