Reismühle Brunnen - your specialist for fair and ecologically produced rice
With 25 employees, we produce 12,000 tonnes of rice a year in Brunnen, Switzerland. More than half of it originates from sustainable cultivation - organic and fairtrade. The offer includes over 60 rice varieties from all over the world for retail, wholesale and industrial customers.
21.06.2019 - Project Thailand OASIS
The rice in our project in Thailand has been planted in May. The weather and temperature was beneficial for the rice so far. Currently, we are waiting for a yield forecast from OASIS. Recently, the method 'laser land leveling' was conducted on one farm as a demonstration. Thereby, the variance in elevation could be reduced from 50cm to 4cm, which has a huge advantageous impact on water conservation. Other innovative projects related to yield enhancement, water management, weed management and biogas plants are being continuously introduced and tested at selected farms. Furthermore, we have launched another project to support and finance further training and projects to improve sustainable farming in close collaboration with the Coop Sustainability Fund.
21.06.2019 - Project India NBF
The rainy season in India was delayed this year. The rice in India was therefore planted later than usual. At the moment, we are hoping for an ideal rainy season for the rice. Continually, the water infrastructure is being expanded and ponds and solar pumps are set up. For example, a water tank was recently delivered to Patkot. Thus, the local cooperative is provided by a clean water supply because the drinking water is properly conveyed. 3900 biogas plants have already been built but 489 of them require maintenance. Furthermore, training in sustainable composting is needed. The compost can later be used as slurry for the fields.
01.09.2018 - OASIS
The thai NGO Rice Fund Surin was established 25 years ago. Lately, it had trouble achieving financial stability and there was disagreement in how to best overcome this. Finally, they decided to set up the social enterprise OASIS (Organic Agriculture Social Enterprise Innovators of Surin) to which the majority of the members of RFS migrated to. Meanwhile, OASIS counts 506 members. In the new organization the members interests and the different groups are better and equally represented. Before, the Fairtrade-Premiums were used thematically but now every group is guaranteed a part of the Fairtrade Premiums what makes it fairer.
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