20 new rice farmers adopt innovative techniques to increase productivity in Oé-Cusse
Motivated by the successful results of an innovative rice production technique implementation last year in Oé-Cusse –when the yield of the crops was increased up to 136%– twenty Atoni farmers have decided to join the experience and improve their rice production by implementing this innovative planting system in their fields.
Between February and May 2019, farmers will cultivate 7.92 Ha in the region following this advanced technique. Out of this total extension, 2.3 Ha will be cultivated in the sub-district of Citrana (Naktuka) and the rest of the 5.62 Ha are in the sub-district of Pante Macassar (Oemolo, Faot Pote, Barel, Petun, Betbanae tuan, Betbanae mota ninin, Fatununi, Oekasi and Kaktua naek).
This is the first phase of a scaling-up plan that the Regional Secretary for Agriculture and Rural Development in RAEOA – ZEESM TL is implementing in Oé-Cusse with the aim of increasing local production after the successful results reached out last year. Future plantings will be held on July with more farmers involved.
The Jajar Legowo System (JLS) is a planting technique based on displayed wide halls between rice rows, switching between 20-40 cm and with a distance between each plant of 10 cm. In rice cultivation, the planting distance is essential because it determines the productivity achieved. With the implementation of a JLS pilot project last year, RAEOA – ZEESM TL increased the yield of the crops up to 136% in two fields. The success reached by this technique is directly corelated to the higher amount of sunlight that plants can get to photosynthesize well, the better airflow inside the crop, the prevention of diseases and plagues and finally, the better management of the crop.