Organic Rice Farming in Thailand as a Method to Escape Debt Entrapment
IFTF writes that in the face of an intensifying debt cycle, many rice farmers are moving toward organic agriculture away from the industrial methods of rice production that depend on hybrid seeds, fertilizer, agricultural machinery, and other high production costs. These high production costs often leave razor thin margins for farmers, compelling them to borrow for the next season, creating a debt cycle that squeezes farmers even while rice production in Thailand as a whole improves.
Sources:Strategic Foresight Group, Dec 2010, page 18:
‘The real life of Thai rice farmers who produce to feed the world.’ Thailandreform.net. 23 August, 2010: http://www.thailandreform.net/data/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=77:thereal-
SRI a possible alternative to hybrid rice
The System of Rice Intensification (SRI) is being researched as a method of rice cultivation that can produce high yields, reduce long-term resource requirements, and lessen contribution to climage change.
Sources:NISTPASS, Nov 2010 page 9:
Rice harvesting of SRI at Citarum watershed: http://pla.deptan.go.id/berita_detail.php?id=39
SRI methods increased rice production by 78%: http://www.antaranews.com/print/?i=1200464644
RI increased yield and reduced water need:
Mathematical model of rice growth under SRI: