A year ago, the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) was introduced to Sikong Morigo at Kiulu Farmstay. This foreign method was received anxiously by Sikong and many others as they did not know what to expect. Months went by, and with guidance from our in-house expert Allan Zinkler and peer-learning during our recent trip to Tambatuon, we are anticipating the harvest results!
SRI promotes less reliance on fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, reduce water requirements, enhance soil fertility and create resilience against climate change. What’s vital to note here is that the application of SRI practices can raise household incomes! From our observation, the paddy is seen to be progressing well with stronger and healthier tillers.
SRI is one of the many initiatives of Borneo Eco Tours (BET) and Borneo Ecotourism Solutions & Technologies (BEST) Society in enhancing the lives of the villagers in Kiulu. Part of the Community-Based Tourism efforts, the project aims to better the life of the community using positive methods that will bring about positive outcomes.