rice cultivationAs per news released by International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) it has been stated that the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP), convened jointly by the International Rice Research Institute and the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) in 2011, has launched the world’s first global standard for sustainable rice cultivation in Manila today. The Standard is a document consisting of the list of requirements to ensure that rice is produced in ways that are environment-friendly, profitable to farmers and healthy for consumers. The establishment of the standard addresses a long-neglected need for a globally critical crop. These standard represents a fundamental building block for developing the application of sustainability and informing policy formulation.

Further, according to the standard, the rice-producing companies or countries need to fulfill 46 requirements in farm management, pre-planting, and use of water, nutrient management, pest management, harvest and post-harvest, health and safety and labor rights. The Standard also aims at cutting down the methane emissions by 30%-70% by using sustainable rice production methods. Thus; the Standard uses a scoring system, which assigns scores to various aspects of rice cultivation. If the score is between 10-90, the farmer or food company is working towards sustainable rice cultivation, and if the score is between 90-100, it can be said to be sustainably cultivating rice based on the SRP Standard.

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Further, in this regard the Standard is adapted to the needs of the farmers and other agricultural workers noted the SRP. In addition, it’s handy and it can be taken to the field as it was informed. Since 2011, the SRP has partnered with several food companies and governments to come up with the world’s best Standard for rice cultivation. The SRP is still in discussion with governments to scale up the Standard and roll it out by 2017. The initial launch would help them to test the Standard in various countries and it has been indicated that several private companies have committed to test the Standard.