Monday, May 24, 2010

IFWP-MP Organizes Thematic Workshop on System of Rice Intensification (SRI)

18-22 May 2010: With funding support from the European Union (EU), CEDAC has been implementing a project food security project titled “Improving Food Security for Women and Rural Poor in Mundulkiri Province” since October 2009. As the rainy season is coming, IFWP-MP organized 3 thematic workshops on System of Rice Intensification (SRI), attended by 125 participants (38 women). In other words, there were 40 participants per workshop on average, those participants composed of district councilors, commune councilors, village chief, indigenous farmers, rural women and youths, relevant government officials such as the representatives from District Agricultural Office, District Office of Women’s Affairs, District Office of Education, Youth and Sports, etc. A Technical Support Officer of CEDAC Mr. Bao Vuthy accompanied by Project Coordinator of IFWP-MP Mr. Yim Sok Sophors facilitated those workshops in Koh Ngiek and Pechrda Districts, Mundulkiri Province. The workshops were organized at the district level. The workshops aimed to strengthen the Knowledge, Capacity and Skills of the farmers, local authorities and other local stakeholders related to the Principles of SRI especially to enable them have more technical ideas to improve their rice cultivation methods.

At the beginning, the district council provided his opening speech of the workshop. To make the participants know and understand well about the project, District Coordinators of IFWP-MP Mr. Mak Samath and Mr. Pheung Kosal presented the activities and results of the project to the participants in plenary. Then, the facilitator encouraged farmers to share their knowledge and practical experiences related to rice cultivation to each other actively. During the sharing experiences of farmers, Mrs. Phok La who is a cooperating farmer of CEDAC from Prohout Village, Kraing Leav Commune, Bati District, Takeo Province shared her practical experiences in applying SRI to the participants. She explained and compared the traditional practice and SRI practice to realize that the participants understand well about the differences between the traditional practice and SRI practice. Moreover, Mrs. Phok La encouraged the participants to pay more attention to conduct good rice seed selection, improvement of top soil fertility and improvement of rice cultivation techniques through the application of SRI principles. Mr. Bao Vuthy provided detail explanation on SRI principles and SRI techniques (optional techniques) to the participants in plenary and then question and answer forum was conducted to provide more opportunities for the participants to make sure that they have learned well. At the end of the workshops, some interested farmers were selected to experiment SRI for this rainy season.
In conclusion, the participants have understood and learned effectively regarding to the activities and achievements of the project especially they are strongly interested to the SRI principles through exchange of knowledge and experiences of SRI practice to each other. Importantly, majority of the participants intended to apply and experiment SRI in this rainy season in order to increase their rice productivity for producing adequate rice for family consumption and market supplies for generating additional incomes for their families.