Experiments with System of Rice Intensification - Lower-Moshi, Tanzania
We are experimenting with a new method of growing rice, called SRI (System of Rice Intensification). The results are remarkable! Even though we are using less seed, less water and less fertilizer, once we harvest, we're noting a significant increase in yield. A small plot of 0.3 hectares for example can get gains up to 30%.
SRI stands for ‘System of Rice Intensification’. Instead of continuously flooding the field, this method irrigates it only once a week with a specifically measured amount of water and then lets the field dry again.
What I think about the SRI method, now that I have tried it on my plot for one season? Vizuri sana! I managed to harvest 5 extra bags of rice and at the same time I'm saving on production costs. At the start this method demands more work and effort, but it is definitely worth it!