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Farmers tell their stories: A water-saving tool in the rice field (Alat menghemat air di sawah)

Farmers tell their stories: A water-saving tool in the rice field (Alat menghemat air di sawah)

by IRRI RKB

7781 views - Submitted on Tue, 17/11/2015


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Two farmers from South Sulawesi, Indonesia, share the benefits that their farmers' groups have experienced after adopting alternate wetting and drying (AWD), a water-saving technology that allows the rice field to be left dry for a few days then reflooded. They demonstrate how they prepare and use a field water tube to monitor and measure the water depth in their field. They use this tube as a guide to let them know when to irrigate their field.


These farmers were part of participatory activities done by the Irrigated Rice Research Consortium (IRRC: http://irri.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&layout=category&ta... ) of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI; http://irri.org ) in a collaborative project Improving rice productivity in South and Southeast Sulawesi funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.


The farmers' stories were captured using a participatory video approach introduced by Digital Green (http://www.digitalgreen.org ). Guided by a local facilitator, the farmers themselves created the storyboard. The farmers' interviews in this video were not scripted and were based on their acquired knowledge of the technologies introduced.


 
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