In Sri Lanka our work aims at contributing to the socio-economic develpment of people living in rural areas and at promote sustainable production of two main traditional products: rise and spices.
Within the SRI-PROM project, we’ve recently hosted an exchange mission in Minthale, involving the Rajata Apllied Sciences University and the Food, Nutrition and Enviroment Department (DeFENS) of the University of Milan.
The universities researchers are working on the development of a bio-fertiliser obtained through the cleaning of the Panicum maximumroots, an herb that grows naturally in many parts of the country. To achieve this goal, some experiments ara being conducted to study the effectiveness of some microorganisms related to that herb and their contribution to promote new types of rice, spices and other coltures.
Those studies are needed to find out the effectiveness of microorganisms where inoculated and combined with the cleaning product of Panicum roots and in different terrains.
Besides that, we are also doing some DNA extractions from various types of traditional rices to identify their genetic characteristics and promotes those ones most appropriated to each area.
As Tamara Soru, our Project Coordinator in Sri Lanka says:
“The main goal of our research and of the collaboration among the two Universities is to support our farmers and improve the quality of their productions. Thus, providing also some valid and alternative solutions to avoid chemical products since their use is causing serious negative effects on: soils’ fertility, health and environment”.
Moreover, avoid chemical products, responsible of a constant depletion of soil – contribute in a positive way on domestic income because terrains last longer and their productiveness is higher.
Discover more about SRI-PROM!
Read the project technical worksheet.