Re: [fukuoka_farming] farmer and farming
I think there may have been a little misunderstanding. It has been
said on this list that Fukuoka’s son practices organic farming. I
don’t know anything about the specific methods he uses. What I did
say, however, was that most Natural Farmers in Japan (at least the
small-scale non-mechanized ones) appear to follow Kawaguchi’s method
of transplanting rice into paddy fields. I’m not sure if it is
possible to pin-point a single reason for this preference, but it has
been pointed out that yield is more dependable with this method. And
a dependable yield is of course important if you intend to do farming
for a living.
According to a comparison I saw the other day, Kawaguchi’s method
produces yields about 10% to 20% below those obtained by organic or
conventional farming. The reason for this is probably that he doesn’t
use fertilizers and that he allows some weeds to grow. Still,
considering lower input and high prices of organic produce in Japan,
the income per acre can be higher than that obtained by organic or
conventional farming, if you don’t count the labor that is. His
method is rather labor intensive, which can be a draw-back in a
country with high wages.
I don’t have enough water to grow rice. If I had, I would look at the
aigamo rice-duck integrated system. There is also the Iwasawa method
of growing rice by Natural Farming which is supposed to produce very
high yields, but I think this is probably still in the experimental
stage. I think he even developed a planter for his method.
On 5/28/09, shashi.pkumar@... <shashi.pkumar@...> wrote:
> Dear Dieter,
> In one of the threads, you mention/quote that fukuoka san's son has
> moved away from direct seeding of paddy and shifted to transplanting...
> was there any particular reason given for this shift?
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