A two-day National Level Meet of SDTT-SRI Partners was organized from March 21-22, 2014, at Raipur, Chhattisgarh. The meet witnessed 60 participants representing from Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and allied Trusts, Mumbai, from various departments of Government of Chhattisgarh, SRI programme partner NGOs from different states of the country, senior officials and scientists from State Agricultural University, practicing farmers and notable experts on the methodology. The annual event was organized by Livolink Foundation, Bhubaneswar and hosted by Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN), Raipur. The objective of organizing this meet was to share experiences of promoting SRI from different parts of the country. Additionally, this platform recognized justification for contextual review of current activities under the SDTT-SRI Programme.
The theme of the sixth SRI partners meet supported by the Trusts was “Mainstreaming of the SDTT-SRI Program: Achievements and Constraints”. Representatives of partner-NGOs were invited to share experiences on SRI from programme states for facilitating greater cross learning. Thematic discussions with focus on mainstreaming and establishing convergences were accorded during the sessions. It helped partners discuss on opportunities and constraints in establishing convergences and finding probable solutions. PowerPoint presentations, sub-group discussions, open-house deliberations and short films on SRI were showcased and formed part of the deliberations.
Experts on organic SRI promotion and scientists from the State Agricultural University of Raipur were invited for experience sharing. State Government representatives briefed about SRI interventions and strategies for wider upscaling of the methodology. SRI farmers from Chhattisgarh were invited to share glimpses of their SRI saga from villages and beyond. An exclusive poster competition was co-currently held during the two-day event in which partners displayed innovative IEC materials developed for greater dissemination of SRI ideas and practices.
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