Activity IDB-Comp. 2-5: Strengthening of the Rice Sector by Better Controlling Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Country Suriname
Last update: 14/06/2018
Lead organisation organisation details Ministery of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
Coordinator person details Nareen Gajadin
Budget US - US Dollar 1,570,000
Project period 01/04/2016 to 31/01/2021
Countries: Suriname 
Summary This project is a component of Agricultural Innovation which is financed by the IDB. This project will result in developing and introducing better coping strategies based on Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Training farmers in those strategies will not only raise yields, but also reduce pesticide costs and negative externalities of widespread mis- and over-use of pesticides in the rice sector.

Background In total, about 55,000 ha have been developed for rice production in Suriname. Double cropping is in principle possible, but in practice shortage of irrigation water limits the sowing intensity to 1.5 at best (which is equivalent to 82,500 ha).

Rice production in Suriname is for local consumption (it is the principal staple food) as well as export (59% of the rice production in 2014).

Major bottlenecks in the rice production in Suriname are: (a) The lack of proper maintenance of the irrigation and drainage systems; (b) Lack of coordination and cooperation within the rice sector; (c) Lack of transparency regarding price setting within the sector; (d) Lack of affordable credit; (e) Rather old machinery park. Machinery renting services underdeveloped; (f) High dependency on imported inputs; and (g) Given the importance of the crop (and despite the fact that it is the only crop in Surinam with its own dedicated research institute), rather limited rice research and extension services; and (h) Lack of expertise and research staff which can offer problem solving techniques to the rice farmers.
According to the strategic plan 2015-2020 of the Foundation for National Rice Research (SNRI), which is ADRON’s supervising body, four critical interventions are needed to raise the productivity of the rice sector, namely:
• Improved rice varieties. The focus is on high quality, high yield and resistance or tolerance against pest and diseases;
• Improved soil and water management (including soil fertility);
• Improved control of weeds, pests and diseases;
• Improved post-harvest processing and storage
Objective Main objective: Strengthening of vegetable production under protected conditions
Intermediate objectives:
-Increased area under protected vegetable production; and
-Better quality vegetables adhering to food safety and GAP standards.
Setup and activities The overall budget of the project is approximately US$ 1,570,000 of which roughly US$ 1,149,000 will be financed by the IDB loan and the remainder by ADRON (US$ 326,000) and LVV (US$ 96,000).
(Expected) Results • IPM strategies developed for weeds in rice, with a specific emphasis on barnyard grasses (Echinocloa species) Better-performing citrus varieties identified, imported and screened
• IPM strategies developed for diseases in rice, with a specific emphasis on leaf and neck blast Selected recommendations validated
• IPM strategies developed for pests in rice, with a specific emphasis on seed bugs
• IPM strategy developed to reduce pesticide use during storage
• IPM strategies validated in farmer fields
• Known as well as newly tested/validated IPM strategies promoted
• Farmer advisory service regarding pests and diseases implemented
• Weeds, diseases and pests in rice growing areas monitored
• Capacity building
• General project costs
List Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 311 Agriculture
1.2 Institutional dimension Knowledge Management & Communication
1.4 Target group(s) 4. Research community
2.4 Food Crops Rice (Oryza)
2.5a Agro-Ecology: Thermal zone 1: Tropical
2.5b Agro-ecology: Altitude zone Lowlands
2.5c Agro-Ecology: Moisture zone 3. Humid
7.1 Suriname-Districts Nickerie
Role Person name
Project leader person details Nareen Gajadin
Support staff person details Chanderdew Kesharie
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Project Description Working paper output details IDB-Comp. 2-5: Strengthening of the Rice Sector by Better Controlling Weed, Pests & Diseases 896kb