Rice farmers can get better yields and more resilience to climate change
The method, the system of rice intensification (SRI), is different from traditional paddy growing, with permanently flooded rice fields. Traditionally, SRI builds on four principles: Early transplanting of the seedlings (1-2 weeks instead of 3-6), widely spaced plants to allow for regular mechanical weeding and reduce the competition for water, carefully controlled water management, and the use of compost to the extent possible.
There are several advantages to this method. SRI can deliver higher yields than the conventional paddy method while reducing input—fewer seeds, less water, and inorganic fertilizers. It is also reported to produce crops that are more resilient to extreme weather events, pests, and disease. In other words, it qualifies as a climate-smart agricultural practice.