In every Saturday Rupa Chaudary, the chairperson of Farmer Field School used to participate on the class of field school. Rupa Chaudhary said 'we have little field and we used to cultivate rice according to traditional practice. In that technology, we need more amount of seed, fertilizer, and sufficient amount of water for the irrigation but production is little bit which is not sufficient for our family members. It was really difficult to sustain our family. But, nowadays we have been practicing new technology of rice cultivation called System of Rice Intensification (SRI) through the farmer field school which is really good technology for small land holding farmer such as us.'
Okharpur Village of the Khailad VDC is just 85km far from headquarter of kailali District. Khailad VDC is known as highly flood prone VDC of the district. Most of the year, during the period of monsoon flood came over this area and damages huge amount of rice field. And, these losses have been impacting to the livelihood of the people of this area yearly.
In partnership with DCA, FAYA Nepal has started Farmer Field School (FFS) in Khailad-4, Okharpur has been rolling out since last 3 months and introduced the new technology named System of Rice Intensification (SRI). There are 25 members in the field school and every Saturday there is 3 hours class regarding rice intensification and different matter related to rice harvesting. The training course covers the cultivation stage to harvesting stage with the field practice.
"After that class, we plant the rice according to SRI system, we plant single seedling of rice in the distance difference of 30cm in straight line. But in our traditional methods, we used to plant 5/6 seedlings of rice in dense place so in the beginning we were not sure that this process will be success and whether it will give some yield or not ? And the community people are not agreed to adopt such method they told that what are you doing? it is valueless method. But now there are so many green tillers from that single seedling. And, after seeing that changes we became surprise and we believe that it will definitely give more production than previous year," said Aasha Devi Chaudary participants of Namuna SRI Farmer Field School.
At the beginning, not only Aasha, almost all members of Farmer Field School feels like that. In the SRI technology, it requires less seed, less fertilizer and less irrigation and now it proves that if hard work done then could be getting more rice from the same land. In Khailad VDC, the community people harvest rice in only five katta but seeing its result all community people re-motivated to adopt that technology in future. And they believe that within low resource they can get double production. Now, they wants to give thanks to the FAYA Nepal for bringing SRI technology in their community and the confidence of the locals of Okharpur village is increase regarding the improvement of their livelihood.