Philippine Self-Help Foundation


Miguel and his carabao arrived on the morning of Friday, 16th September, 2011 to do a first ploughing of two flat plots of terrain designated for our rice farming venture.

The size of the two plots is small which meant we did not have space for a seedbed. We solved the problem by using the elevated seedbed technique.

The system works like this:

A tall bamboo measuring about 5 inches in diameter is cut down for this purpose. It is split in two and then cut into lengths of 8 feet which become the seedbeds. Each one is perched two feet above the ground and filled with the following: rice hull at the bottom, followed by manure, then soil from the paddy field, then the 'palay' or rice seeds which are then covered with paddy field soil and rice hull again on the top.

The elevated seedbed technique has the following benefits:

> The beds are above ground so do not take up any space.

> They are out of the reach of predators.

> The seeds stay put in the event of heavy rain as the water drains off the edge of the bamboo.

Transplanting is facilitated as the seedbeds are above the paddy field.

The next update will tell you about the transplanting process and the composition and use of organic fertilisers. We have planted both black and red rice. BACK

The seedbeds.

Panfilo watering the seedbeds a day after sowing.