Ms.Thavee Yakham is one of the SMART Farmers of Northeast Thailand who opted to work with SRI ideas. She expresses appreciation that she doesn’t need to buy any additional inputs to benefit from the new technique. She participated in a season-long SRI training program organized by NFE, the Provincial Office of the Non-formal & Informal Education Center in Surin, in collaboration with AIT in early 2014. Soon she shifted from cultivating rice as per local practice, to managing her crop according to the principles of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI).
Her choice of variety was ‘Blackberry’, which fetches nearly three times high price than do local varieties because of its desirable eating and storage qualities. Even under adverse weather conditions that season, with lower rainfall in the early months, her crop stand was good. Compared to previous years, she harvested almost double the usual grain quantity, about 6 tons/ha instead of 3 tons.
She is now one of the farmer trainers who are leading farmers’ participatory action research in Tha Tum district of Surin province. She encourages other farmers in her community to join her in the innovative journey that she has started with SRI as a part of the SRI-LMB programme.
"SRI is good for me because I am able to harvest a good and profitable crop, even with less seed and fertilizers, and with less water"