ECONOMYNEXT - South Korea’s rice cultivation technology introduced into Sri Lanka has helped raise productivity at a model farm that also tested transplanting mechanization.
The model farm at Rajanganaya aimed to improve productivity and quality of rice in the region by using Korean agricultural technology, the South Korean embassy said in a statement.
The project is a partnership between The KOPIA (KOrea Program on International Agriculture) Sri Lanka Centre and the RRDI (Rice Research and Development Institute) Bathalagoda of the Department of Agriculture,
“Under this KOPIA project, farmers were requested to cultivate in large plots with deep plowing and to employ organic manure and transplanting mechanization,” the statement said.
“At the end of the first season, a remarkable increase in rice productivity has been observed.”
As part of the project, a Korean mechanic expert visited Sri Lanka from 9 to 13 May this year and demonstrated use of the transplanting machine at the Rajanganaya farm.
He also held a workshop at the RRDI Bathalagoda to educate farmers and agricultural officials on how to lower labour use and improve rice quality through mechanization in the agricultural sector.
Under the project, wo Korean rice experts will visit Sri Lanka for one month in mid July to share expertise in crop and post-harvest management of rice.
Two Sri Lankan officials in the agricultural sector will be invited to visit the National Institute of Crop Science, RDA, South Korea from 30 July to 5 August, to participate in a training program on high-quality rice production technology.
(COLOMBO, July 07, 2016)