Programme Impact

Programme Impact

 

  • The Trust is presently working with 127 partners in various geo-climatic zones of India for promotion of the SRI methodology. A total number of 1,50,082 poor and marginal farmers across 47,391 acres of land in rain-fed conditions have benefited by adopting System of Rice Intensification as a sustainable agricultural practice.
  • Eleven states have been covered in the SRI programme as of now, spread across 94 districts – which is almost 15% of the total districts in India. The states covered are Assam, Manipur, West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
  • The programme has resulted in achieving an additional 89 days of food-security for a farmer undertaking SRI in 0.33 acres having average family size of 6 and rice consumption of 2.4 kg/day. (As per a study of 2009 Kharif)
  • Moderate success has been achieved in building an alliance with the local State Governments of the country, in variable scales. In Odisha, the SRI Secretariat has collaborated with the State Government that has sanctioned INR 3 crores for promotion of SRI through SDTT partners. The programme has been taken up by ATMA in convergence with the State Plan/RKVY scheme from 2012.
  • A robust and exhaustive Management Information System (MIS) has been developed by the SRI Secretariat to capture on-field data and for tracking progress and timely monitoring of interventions in the SDTT supported SRI Programme.
  • Innovations in low cost farm implements in SRI such as weeders and markers for poor and marginal farmers have diversified the spread of SRI and its adoption.
  • SRI principles have been successfully tried in several important crops like wheat, vegetables, sugarcane, rapeseed, mustard, finger millets, soya beans, kidney beans etc. The SRI Secretariat has come up with a book on Growing Crops with SRI Principles to disseminate the innovations by farmers and civil society applied to few major crops grown in the country.
  • A comparative performance study of SRI and Common Management Practices (CMP) in paddy cultivation was done with sample data from 482 fields across 7 states during water stress conditions of Kharif 2009. The study report has established the superior performance of SRI over CMP even in water stress conditions.
  • On-farm research on different aspects of the SRI methodology has been taken up with select SRI partners in various geo-climatic zones of the country. In addition to this, collaborative research with a premier State Agricultural University (Bidhan Chandra Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, West Bengal) has been initiated for on-farm and on-station trials on SRI.
  • Impact of System of Root intensification (SRI) on Soil Nutrient Status in Rice-Wheat cropping systems in Plains and Mountain Farms is being supported by Trust.
  • NABARD and NFSM has started upscaling the SDTT SRI model through NGO partners from Kharif’2010 with a budgeted allocation of Rs 16 crore and 8 crore respectively, across three years.