LIBERIA PRESENTATION REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON THE “SYSTEM OFRICE INTENSIFICATION” (SRI) 26TH-27TH JULY- 2012 OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO”
STATUS OF SRI IN LIBERIA SRI is very important to post war Liberia who research institution and government extension services are undergoing recovery; therefore with the introduction of the SRI it, is a great relief to the “End Hunger “ campaign launch by the government with much emphasis on rice production The area SRI is been targeted for and been practiced is mainly in the lowland ecology Production is been increased annually but with little outcome The average yield per hector is 0.5 ton and the maximum is 1.5 ton There are few actors such as government, Farmer Organizations, private sector, donors, INGO’s, and a researcher institution
COMPARISON OF SRI TO STANDARDPRACTICE RICE FIELDIn Liberia we can not speakmuch on comparison since infact we are just beenintroduced to it but from thewrite out we can say that it isadoptable and very littledemand for inputs but withpromising results in terms ofyield. While the formal orbusiness as usually practicedis labor intensive, high costand very little yield.
MAJOR OR WOULD BE CONSTRAINTS TO SRIIN LIBERIAissues Rice field Limited information and experience on SRI in the country Inputs dealers feel SRI will take them out of business Limited FO’s involvment on SRI in the country could make it hard to get this system to other farmers
PERSPECTIVE OF SRI IN LIBERIA High expectation by smallholders farmers Government think this system will help them achieved their goal on ending hunger using this system . Many see this System as an end to losses and increase in profitability since in fact the yield is high Many believed with introduction of the SRI it will reduce the production cost, put more money in the pocket and while input dealers see SRI as an attack on their businesses
EXPECTATIONS We expect from this workshop to learn from those country in which SRI is been practiced their success and challenges We expect to return back home with clear understanding of what SRI is and how it works and the cost associated with it We expect that farmers in Liberia to benefit from it and take ownership of this system We will learn the technology on how we can increase our yield from 0.5ton to 4ton and also reduce the high post harvest losses Farmers will have access to SRI and improved seeds and will return to officially launch SRI in Liberia with the farmers taking ownership That Liberia will be actively involved in the SRI at national and regional level mainly with the involvement of all actors