SRI Programme at a Glance
The Tata Trusts supported SRI programme caters to enable poor and marginal farmers adopt System of Rice Intensification as a sustainable agricultural practice. The strategy is to cover SRI in hilly, mountainous and rain fed areas for its promotion among a maximum number of poor, small and marginal farmer holders. For achieving this, a two-track strategy has been implemented in this programme, of building a cadre of trained people and also reaching out to a plethora of civil society organizations for its promotion. Other objectives of the Tata Trusts supported SRI Programme include demonstrating at the State Level to establish SRI as a means to attain household level food security, mainstreaming SRI through effective policy advocacy, facilitating interaction amongst different players and promoting and encouraging innovations in the methodology for wider replication.
The coverage in the SDTT SRI programme till the Kharif season of 2017 has been 1,80,000 poor and marginal farmers across 87,391 acres of land mostly in rain-fed conditions. This has been achieved in five states of the country, spanning 74 districts through a network of 15 partner Non-Government Organizations. In more than half of these districts, System of Rice Intensification has been introduced for the first time.
Other salient achievements of the initiative are:
- About 80 percent of the farmers covered under this program are small and marginal farmers and they come from rainfed areas without proper irrigation infrastructures. A sample survey of more than 4,000 farmers in the states of Uttrakhand, Orissa, Jharkhand and Assam has suggested that there has been 76 percent incremental yield in rice production under this program over conventional method of rice cultivation.
- The Trust is supporting a total number of 127 agencies in 11 states till date.
- SRI has been adopted in various agro-climatic zones ranging from sea-level fields (Sunderbans) to 2,200 meters above mean sea-level (at Tehri Garhwal).
- In Odisha, the SRI Secretariat (hosted by Livolink Foundation) has collaborated with the State Government which has sanctioned Rs 3 crores for promotion of SRI through SDTT-SRI partner organizations in the state. The programme has already been taken up by ATMA in convergence with the State Plan/RKVY. In Uttarakhand the Department of Agriculture is providing financial assistance to the Trusts’ partners for SRI promotion.
- The Trusts also supported organizing the Second and Third National Symposium on SRI in India. Additionally, first ever state-level SRI symposiums were organized in Assam, Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand with active support from the Trusts. As on date, state-level SRI symposiums has been supported by SDTT in nine SRI programme states of the country.
- Various publications relevant to SRI has been brought out by the SDTT-SRI Secretariat hosted by Livolink Foundation, Bhubaneswar. Prominent among these are the book on Integrated Disease Pest Management in SRI Paddy and Growing Crops with SRI Principles. These documents have proved beneficial for farmers and practitioners towards promotion of SRI and its application to other crops.
- The Trusts run an e-group on SRI which has 496 members as on July 7, 2013. Known as "SRI India" - this online forum is a vibrant and noteworthy arena for exchanging ideas, experiences and discussions on SRI promotion in the country. A bi-monthly update of this network is also brought out regularly by the SRI-Secretariat every two months.