Adoption of rice intensification tech boost production in western Tanzania

Adoption of rice intensification tech boost production in western ADOPTION of Systems of Rice Intensification (SRI) has transformed farmers’ livelihoods in Rukwa and Katavi regions by doubling rice production per acre, thanks to the second-phase of Tanzania Agricultural Partnership (TAP II) initiative.

TAP II is a Public-Private Partnership platform which uses a Value Chain Approach to improve the production and marketing of agricultural goods, which is a brainchild of Agricultural Council of Tanzania (ACT).

Project coordinator for Katavi and Rukwa regions, Wilison Loth described SRI as a methodology aimed at increasing the yield of rice produced in farming. It’s a low water, labor-intensive method that uses younger seedlings singly spaced and typically hand weeded with special tools.

He said that before taking the SRI technology to farmers’ demonstration plots were established and village leaders were involved.

“Our idea was to use those leaders as changing agents as they would take the technology to farmers in their respective areas,” he said.

Village leaders who were trained on SRI came from Msia, Ng’ongo, Mfinga, Kisa, Mpanda, Uruwila, Kilida and Nankanga villages in Mpanda and Sumbawanga districts.

“The plot farms proved the effectiveness of SRI in increasing rice yields and it provides a room for farmers to do farming throughout the year.”

Citing examples, Loth said that in Mpanda District, one acre produces 28 bags compared to previously18 bags of rice, while in Sumbawanga District a farmer is able to harvest up to 25 bags from 15 bags per acre. “To us, this is a big achievement,” he said.

Implementation of TAP II has encouraged farmers to effectively use farm inputs such as fertilizer and they are getting the inputs through their Agricultural Marketing Co-operative Societies (AMCOS).

“In the past we had a challenge of getting fertilizer and when we did it was expensive, the situation that made very few farmers able to use it, but now things have improved as there are more people who use the inputs,” he said, adding that the move has increased crop production.

Juma Mkumba, a rice farmer from Ng’ongo village in Sumbawanga District described SRI as ‘magic’ technology as it enables him to do farming throughout the year and it has improved his family income.”

He said that rice production has doubled in the area, the situation that encourages many farmers to chip in and venture in rice farming.

Apart from rice, TAP II has also increased production of maize, sunflower and beans in Tanzania’s western regions.

As umbrella organization that promotes the agricultural best-practices through effective policies and informed dialogues in Tanzania, ACT signed agreements with Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) on the implementation of TAPI and II.

The first agreement was to work on improving farm inputs supply chain in rural areas and the second phase was to scale up farming technologies including SRI, conservation farming. All the technologies have been implemented in 29 districts across Tanzania. Implementation of the five year TAP II started in 2014 and is to end this year.

 

SRI Continues to Improve Lives in Zio Prefecture

 

Three years ago, rice farmers from Togo’s Zio Prefecture participated in System of Rice Intensification (SRI) trainings. An article in Togo Breaking News recently followed up with some of the farmers. Padawi Siou (right), one of the first rice producers of Agbélouvé Center to adopt this system after attending trainings through the NGO GRAPHE via the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP), credits SRI with his improved financial conditions. He reports that he is now able to afford to cover cost of his son and nephew to attend university, cover medical expenses, help other family members, and has been able to finance a number of other projects, including a pigsty and a flour mill in his house. Siou is now planning to add a well and other buildings on his land.

GRAPHE technical assistant Kokou Agbeko Tsogbe relayed that despite difficulties during the first year of the trainings in Agbélouvé, 90% of rice producers associated with the Agbélouvé Center have adopted SRI, which now gives an improved return: 4.95 tons of rice per hectare against 2.49 tons per hectare for the conventional method. In Agbélouvé, trainers continue to carry out practical training sessions. Producers have also procured a huller to market a high quality product. Abra Mafili, manager of the processing unit, credits the increase in rice yield to the WAAPP approach in the extending SRI, which is being coupled with the use of drought tolerant seed varieties

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