The first phase has started with approximately 2.5 acres of land being cleared to construct paddy fields and work on the bunds. Roads were made more accessible and the fields are now equipped with proper irrigation system. We grow different types of rice that varies in maturity period to study on yield and quality of each species. The long term plan is to implement a community enterprise system to ensure the economic sustainability of the farmers and their families and at the same time, provide employment opportunities within the supply chain to other villagers.

Sowing the Seed of Change

THE NEED

The outcome of SRI pilot project have shown great potential in creating lasting positive change. It has proven to improve productivity of rice based on environmentally-friendly agricultural practices and help to better withstand changing climate conditions. BEST Society felt there was a need to further encourage local communities to shift away from self-sufficiency towards a market economy through innovative farming practices. SRI gives greater returns to farmers as it exponentially increase rice production while retaining the integrity of the ecosystem and as a result, increase the income of rice farmers.

OUR INVOLVEMENT

Following the pilot project, an agreement was reached with six landowners  whereby 32 acres of underutilized land at Diniwang (locally known), Kg. Mangkaladom has been identified and thereafter leased to BEST Society for the purpose of SRI and looking into the future of community-based tourism there. The team has gone for a thorough site inspection to assess ground conditions prior to carrying out earthworks operations. Subsequently, all earthworks shall be confined to the area identified to prepare the rice field for planting.

THE IMPACT

The first phase has started with approximately 2.5 acres of land being cleared to construct paddy fields and work on the bunds. Roads were made more accessible and the fields are now equipped with proper irrigation system. We grow different types of rice that varies in maturity period to study on yield and quality of each species. The long term plan is to implement a community enterprise system to ensure the economic sustainability of the farmers and their families and at the same time, provide employment opportunities within the supply chain to other villagers.

 

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