Climate change in the last 30 years has caused a huge impact on human life with agriculture as the most affected sector. Rising temperature and sea level as well as changes in rainfall patterns have threatened crop yields and created more pests and disease attacks.
System of Rice Intensification (SRI) is an agriculture management method aiming at saving water, recovering land health and fertility, and producing healthy rice without chemical residue. The SRI technical processes include land preparation, seed selection, planting, fertilizing, pest controlling, irrigation and harvesting.
The farmers' old habit of continuously flooding the land with water in a bid to control weeds contributes to the increase of greenhouse gas emissions.
The SRI application is effectively proven in curbing the greenhouse gas emission and increase farming adaptation to climate change as well as sustain productivity.
The climate-friendly farming practice has been promoting by the regional governments in cooperation with development partners such as in Banyumas, Purbalingga, Banjarnegara, and Kupang. “For farmers to get more income and be healthier, we must farm organically and have climate awareness,” said Bayinah, member of Sidodadi II Farmers’ Group from Banjarnegara Regency.