SRI is a method aimed at increasing rice yields. It requires little water, is not labour intensive and uses organic manure.It uses younger seedlings that are singularly spaced. Weeding is done by hand using special tools. Proponents of SRI claim its use increases yield, saves water, reduces production costs, and increases income and that benefits have been achieved in 40 countries. Critics of SRI suggest that claims of yield increase in SRI are due to unscientific evaluations. hey object that there is a lack of details on the methodology used in trials and a lack of publications in the peer-reviewed literature.Some critics have suggested that SRI success is unique to soil conditions in Madagascar.
Commercial rice farmers in Nsanje praised their government for introducing the Systems of Rice Intensification (SRI) concept last year which double their rice production this year.
This concept has also been practised in Tanzania but the results are yet to come.
Nsanje District Agricultural Development Officer, Isaac Ali said he was pleased that all farmers who used SRI in the district harvested more than what they expected and that they were satisfied with the system.This year its the begining of SRI. now for the comming years the government would try to benefit as much farmers as it can.
District Commissioner for Nsanje Harry Phiri, said he was happy to see farmers adopting modern technologies to improve their harvest as this would help in the fight against hunger and poverty in the country.