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Overview

During 2008, Norman Uphoff was invited by a group of professionals to visit Malaysia to discuss SRI with the Minister of Agriculture and others interested in giving more momentum to the rice sector. He met with rice scientists at Malaysian Agricultural and Rural Development Institute (MARDI), civil society representatives, and the faculty of the National University of Malaysia (UKM) faculty. Following this visit, Dr. Anizan Isahak at UKM took the initiative to form an SRI research group at UKM called "SRI-PADI."

After representing UKM at the 2008 SRI National Symposium for India, held in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, Isahak attended an organic SRI training session at the National Organic SRI Center (NOSC) in Nagrak, Indonesia. An NOSC-facilitated workshop in Malaysia followed in January 2009. She shared results of her subsequent work at the launching of Year of Rice Action (YORA) Campaign for West Malaysia on July 20, 2009, in Gunong Semanggol Perak. SRI-PADI research was presented at the International Conference on Promising Practices for the Development of Sustainable Paddy Fields in Bogor, Indonesia (October, 2009), and is summarized on the group's SRI-PADI blog. Despite several constraints, yields for the variety Beranang were highly encouraging giving about 7 and 5 tons per ha for MR219 and UKMR2, respectively, while the yield for Tanjong Karang was about 4 tons per ha for both varieties.

The Honourable Tan Sri Dato` Seri Abd Khalid bin Ibrahim, Chief Minister of Selangor, began promoting SRI in August 2010 with funding from the Menteri Besar Incorporated (MBI), the parent company of all the Selangor state subsidiaries. Trials, which are detailed in Noorazimah Taharim's blog, have continued in 2012, including substantial progress on mechanization of field operations, especially weeding. (See videos of mechanization as well as video of 2010 season.)

Victor Lee and colleagues have arranged several training sessions at Pak Alik's SRI training center in Ciamis, West Java, Indonesia, and at Tampios, Sabahat, Malaysia, for Sabah farmers during 2009 as well as a SRI seminar in Kota Marudu during March 2010. The first SRI yield was reported at 9 t/ha.

On January 25, 2011, an MOU was signed between the Indonesian NGO Nusantara Organic SRI Center (NOSC) and FELCRA Training and Consultancy Sdn Bhd (FTC, a subsidiary of FELCRA Berhad, a Malaysian Government Link Company) to work together further on developing SRI in Malaysia. This expanded on earlier 2010 plans by FELCRA Training Center (FTC) in Perak, Malaysia and NOSC to train farmers in the Bio-Valley Program (Seberang Perak, Perak, Malaysia) in organic SRI production practices and other organic farming methods. In an effort to work towards the goal of organic SRI, trials will begin with mixing organic and inorganic fertilizer and gradually reduce the amount of chemical fertilizers and synthetic pesticides.

SRI-Mas logoThe above-mentioned groups and others joined together to plan the 1st National Conference on System of Rice Intensification (Persidangan Kebangsaan Pertama System of Rice Intensification untuk Kelestarian Jaminan Bekalan Beras dan Warisan). Following the conference (July 5-6, 2011), which was attended by nearly 200 people, the SRI-Mas Network was formed (see network logo at right and video of network launch).

During 2011, Noorazimah Taharim (Mak Tam) and Salehuddin Yahya have facilitated numerous SRI trainings and presentations in Malaysia in the states of Selangor, Kedah, Perak and Penang. Successful trials with over 8 tons are also continuing in Kelantan. In early 2012, the Menteri Besar announced that the Pahang state government will introduce eight new initiatives, one of which is to introduce the System of Rice Intensification for rice cultivation (see article). Updates on SRI progress in Malaysia can be followed weekly at the following sites: Weblog Padi Selangor, Padi SRI Selangor and HijauSawah.

The Second National SRI Conference was held at Lumut, Perak, on June 11-13, 2013. During mid-2013 the SRI-Mas Network was formally registered with the Malaysian Government as a non-governmental organization.

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