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A New Farming Technique Using Drastically Less Water Is Catching On
John Vidal, Huffington Post | May 15, 2018

But not everyone is on board.  Filipino melon grower Denis Miguel was intrigued to hear of a young Indian farmer who in 2011 had broken the world record for growing rice by using an unconventional method of cultivation that needed only half as much water and one-tenth as many seeds but resulted in spectacular yield increases. Miguel, from Isabela province, had never grown rice before, but he teamed up with a local rice farmer to try out the system. Last year, he reaped the equivalent of 10.8 tons of rice per hectare, or four times as much rice as the farmer usually grew on that land.

Groundwater in Cauvery delta region under threat: Study
A. Ragu Raman, Deccan Chronicle | May 14, 2018

The number of days of river flow will have an impact on the groundwater head and as well as the decrease in the concentration of the solutes. 

Bumper vegetable, wheat yields push back farm distress in UP
Usha Rai, Asian Age | May 2, 2018

Kallu Ram has halved the use of chemical fertilisers and is supplementing it with vermi-composting. 

How to make food and agriculture sustainable
Financial Express | April 30, 2018

We must increase investments in rural areas in diverse and locally specific agro-ecosystems based on ecological interaction between soils, water, plants, animals and trees, and move farmers from grain mono-cultures to poly-cropping, horticulture or animal husbandry. 

Kamrup Women Lead Artisan Skills Revival For Improved Livelihoods
Sandeep Chavan and Bikalp Chamola, The Wire | April 28, 2018

Non-profit organization Grameen Sahara has enabled thousands of villagers, especially women, to boost their household incomes and improve their socio-economic conditions. 

Go for direct seeded rice, save water
Ikhhlaq Aujla, Times of India | April 27, 2018

The Punjab government’s move to delay sowing and transplanting of paddy by five days has once again brought sharp focus on finding ways to save fast depleting groundwater in the state. 

Strengthening grassroots in Gaya for self-sustenance
Sanjiv Phansalkar, Village Square | April 20, 2018

By popularizing the system of root intensification and introducing sustainable agricultural practices, Anil Verma has brought a positive change in the lives of marginalized farmers in Gaya. 

SRI News | Year 2017


SRI (System of Rice Intensification) method gains popularity in Krishna
T. Appala Naidu, The Hindu (Andhra Pradesh) | September 23, 2017

The slightly modified System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method has gained acceptance and yielding results in paddy cultivation in Krishna district. Over 31,000 hectares of land was brought under the SRI method in the present kharif season. 

New millet farming enthuses tribal ryots
G.V. Prasada Sarma, The Hindu (Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh) | September 2, 2017

The SRI ragi farming technique is launched this kharif as a part of the Comprehensive Revival of Millet Programme (CRMP) of the State government covering 44 mandals in seven districts of Andhra Pradesh. The programme targets to restore cultivation of nine varieties of millets in 1.35 lakh acres. 

Agri officers focus on SRI technique
The New Indian Express (Malkangiri, Odisha) | July 23, 2017

The Malkangiri administration has decided to grow paddy in 73,125 hectares (ha) of land during the current kharif season and this will include growing the crop in 56,000 ha through System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method. 

Tribal women of Sundargarh make organic farming a life-changing economic activity
Basudevi Mahapatra, VillageSquare (Odisha) | July 12, 2017

Tribal communities in Sundargarh district of Odisha have revived the traditional practice of growing food without the help of chemical fertilizers and made it viable economically by making pragmatic changes. “As mono cropping was the traditional practice, we suggested the farmers to go for multi-cropping and adopt the SRI method in cultivation of millets and other crops like mustard,” says Ashok Das, who coordinates with the farmers on behalf of CIRTD. 

Experts encourage paddy farmers to take up SRI cultivation in district
Times of India (Visakhapatnam) | June 18, 2017

Joint director of agriculture Vedurupaka Satyanarayana said, "We are promoting SRI cultivation on a large scale this year. Last year, we promoted the technology on 3,500 hectares, but this year the target area has gone up to 10,000 hectares." 

Gains for Grains
T.V. Jayan, The Hindu Businessline (Tamilnadu) | July 4, 2017

An agri project handholds farmers as they turn climate smart. Udaya Sekhar Nagothu, ClimaAdapt’s coordinator and a researcher with the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), in Oslo, said that three different rice growing and irrigation methods were tested and implemented at the project sites. There are SRI, or system of rice intensification, alternative wetting and drying (AWD) and direct seeding of rice. For instance, farmers in the studied Kalingarayan canal basin in Erode and Ponnanair reservoir basin in Trichy were convinced to switch to SRI, which requires 20 to 25 per cent less water as compared to conventionally-used flooding technology. 

Better yield with customised rice cultivation
Krushna Ch Sahu, India Water Portal (Odisha) | June 8, 2017

A new way of planting paddy with wider spacing gives better yield in a village. 

For sustainable livelihoods
Ganesh Hegde Neelesara, Deccan Herald (Karnataka) | May 16, 2017

System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method of paddy cultivation is also being promoted through training and demonstration. A couple of acres of land has been rented for this purpose at Balehalli village near Sirsi. Production technique of areca husk manure is another popular effort of the organisation. Many farmers have chosen to follow this method. 

The System of Rice Intensification's Role in Hunger, Climate Change, and Communities
Dr. Norman Uphoff, (WorldWide) | May 9th 2017

Norman Uphoff is the Senior Advisor for the SRI International Network and Resources Center (SRI-Rice), a program at Cornell University engaged with the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), which is a climate-smart, yield-increasing agriculture methodology that is being utilized by more than 10 million smallholder farms in over 55 countries. Uphoff is working to expand SRI’s international network and strengthen the knowledge base for SRI and its extension to other crops. Here he explains the basic principles of SRI, the implications of the methodology, and the role it can play in agriculture in the future. 

Technie to quit job and turn organic farmer
S. Deepak Karthik, The New Indian Express (Tamilnadu) | March 18, 2017

Leaving a well paid job to pursue his passion for organic farming, this 34-year- old youth has set an example for many. From developing new software for corporate firms, M Gokul, a software engineer, has taken up organic farming in his native village in Perambalur district. 

Preserving wheat diversity
Anandateertha Pyati, Deccan Herald (Karnataka) | March 14, 2017 (Translated by Anitha Palloor)

Seed saver: Kalmesh Mallad of Belagavi district has inspired fellow farmers through innovative farming methods. Until a few years ago, I knew only two varieties of wheat. Now, I have 11 in my collection,” says Kalmesh Mallad, a farmer, who has recently joined the band of seed conservers in Belagavi district. Visiting the farm of Kalmesh Mallad in Betsur village of Savadatti taluk in Belagavi district can be a revelation to many farmers in the region who have limited knowledge about heritage wheat varieties. 

In Maoist heartland, farmers turn to organic farming, reap benefits
Dipankar Ghose, Indian Express (Chhattisgarh) | March 5, 2017

Katekalyan has quietly been building another identity — as the nursery of organic farming mushrooming across the district, where farmers have come together to set up a company to market their produce across the country. 

Rice for kings
Anupam Chakravarthy, Down to Earth News (Assam) | February 28, 2017

Black rice is indigenous to the Northeast, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha. In Manipur, it is considered food as well as part of traditional medicine. 

Tirunelveli rice farmer bags award for record yield
Times of India (Tamilnadu) | January 28, 2017

Madurai: M Sankaranarayanan, a farmer from Tirunelveli who raised a record 19,000 kilograms of paddy from one hectare, was among the special awardees at the Republic Day function in Chennai on Thursday. He received the agricultural department's award for the high yield during 2015-2016 from chief minister O Paneerselvam. 

Modern agriculture cultivates climate change – we must nurture biodiversity
Olivier De Schutter, The Guardian (WorldWide) | January 9, 2017

Crop-breeding innovations are merely a short-term solution for falling yields. Only agricultural diversity can ensure food security and resilience. 

SRI News | Year 2016

This Unique Farming Technique Doubled the Rice Produce of an Entire Village in Odisha
Sabnam Aferin and Kanna K. Siripurapu, The Better India  (Gacherigaon, Odisha) | December 19, 2016

Gacherigaon village is located in Mundigarh gram panchayat in Tumudibandh block of Kandhamal district, Odisha. The village has 156 people in 26 households and all the residents belong to the Panga Kondh community. Historically, members of the Kondh community depends on agriculture and forest their livelihood. They practice millets-based, biodiverse farming and are involved in pulses and paddy cultivation in low lands. 

Going Against the Grain
Andrea Hayley, The Epoch Times (US Features) | December 2, 2016

With the Green Revolution failing, Cornell professor Norman Uphoff is offering a better way to feed the world. Transforming the way the world’s largest food crop is grown has become Cornell University professor Norman Uphoff’s lifework, but success means convincing others it’s better than industrial agriculture. Before Uphoff came along, few outside the tiny island nation of Madagascar knew of the rice growing method that has become a lifeline to millions of poor rice farmers in over 50 countries. 

For a bountiful harvest
Ananda Teertha Pyati, Deccan Herald (Karnataka) | November 1, 2016

A traditional finger millet cultivation method that has some resemblance to System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method of paddy cultivation has come to the rescue of farmers in some villages of Karnataka. 

New Technique doubles ragi yield
Sangamesh Menasinakai, Times of India (Hubballi, Karnataka) | October 15, 2016

The Guli Vidhana technique is similar to the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), popularly known as Madagascar method of cultivation. The farmers in Haveri district have designed and developed a system that works on simple steps which can be adopted by all farmers. 

Focus on less water-intensive paddy cultivation practices
Veerendra P.M., The Hindu | August 6, 2016

In the wake of low water storage in Bhadra reservoir, the Bhadra Command Area Development Authority (CADA) and Department of Agriculture have planned to launch a campaign to create awareness among farmers in the command area on the judicious utilisation of water for cultivation of paddy. K. Madhusudan, joint director, Department of Agriculture, has said that paddy was so far grown under traditional semi-aquatic and water-intensive methods in the command area of Bhadra reservoir. Under this, the water is made to flood the fields. 

Rice and Shine
Manu Moudgil, India Water Portal (Punjab) | July 22, 2016

How paddy grew in popularity in Punjab and continues to steal the show, thanks to lack of alternatives for farmers. The system of roots: SRI involves plantation of saplings 10-12 days old instead of three weeks in a grid pattern with space of eight inch on all sides. The idea is to get better nourishment for the roots which can support a strong plant. The soil moisture is maintained through irrigation every four to five days instead of keeping the fields flooded all the time. 

Vellode farmer achieves bumper yield of sugarcane
R. Krishnamoorthy, The Hindu (Tamil Nadu) | June 28, 2016

A farmer at Vellode has realised bumper yield of one tonne sugarcane in every cent on his 1.3 acre farm owing to adoption of cultivation methods under sustainable sugarcane initiative. The farmer Natarajan (67) harvested 130 tonnes and earned profit of Rs. 1.3 lakh. The farmer owes the bumper harvest to a combination of factors: application of farmyard manure, cultivation and mulching of green manure (dhaincha), timely rainfall, and spacing between saplings. 

New Developments in the System of Rice Intensification (SRI): An Interview with Prof. Norman Uphoff
Stephannie Van Dyke, Food Tank (Global) | June 7, 2016

Prof. Norman Uphoff is a Professor of Government and International Agriculture at Cornell University and the Director of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs. Uphoff’s work focuses on rural development and agricultural policy issues, and he is an expert and leader in the knowledge and research of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI). Recently, Food Tank had the opportunity to interview Prof. Norman Uphoff about recent updates with his work. 

Collective farming, water budgeting: Purulia's weapons against drought
Joydeep Thakur, Hindustan Times (Kolkata) | June 4, 2016

It was 12 noon and the summer season was at its peak at the fag-end of May. The sun was rolling high mercilessly over the parched lands of Purulia – one of the most drought prone districts of West Bengal. Most of the water bodies had dried up revealing cracks in their beds. The mighty Damodar River had turned into a mere trickle in some portions. Children, carrying water buckets, were queuing up in-front of a water-hole to collect drinking water. The district had been hit by droughts over the past two consecutive years and this year too, conditions seemed to be heading that way. 

Ms. Sabarmatee to receive 3rd Shambhavi Puraskar
Orissa Diary (Bhubaneswar) | March 25, 2016

Ms. Sabarmatee of ‘Shambhav’, Rohibanka, Nayagarh has been selected for the prestigious 3rd Shambhavi Puraskar for her excellent and innovating contribution to the society. 

We're fast running out of water
A. Narayanamoorthy and P Alli, Business Line | March 21, 2016

Promoting water saving technologies in paddy and shifting to pulses and oilseeds can make a big difference. In order to secure the future of India’s water resources, it is very important that certain steps be taken immediately especially in agricultural sector which consumes about 85 percent of the available water today. Introduction of more efficient water management is the need of the hour. There is an urgency to compute the water requirements of different crops and introduce water saving measures such as drip irrigation, sprinkler and system of rice intensification for irrigation on large scale. 

Paddy planting made easy, Uddhab Bharali style
Smita Bhattacharyya, The Telegraph India (North East) | March 17, 2016

Ace innovator Uddhab Bharali has come up with a gadget whose simplicity of design and mechanism masks its usefulness in the back-breaking task of transplanting paddy. 

An Agro-Ecological Way Through the Sugarcane Problem – Before We Quickly Resort to GM Crops
Radha Gopalan, The Wire (India) | May 12, 2016

Given the challenges of climate change, deep agrarian distress, and malnutrition, it is time to learn from a knowledge system that is built on the experiences of farmers. 

Goa's English and Exotic farmer, Sandra Fernandes of Green Growth Institute, Sangolda
Arti Das, The Navtimes (Goa) | May 12, 2016

Professor turned farmer Sandra Fernandes of Green Growth Institute, Sangolda is working hard to not only promote organic farming but farming as a promising career option. NT Buzz speaks to her about the talk whic she will be hosting today and why she wants to make farming glamorous. She is also involved in SRI method of paddy cultivation, says 1,000 square metres of land is enough. 

From Plate to Plough: Drop by Careful Drop
Ashok Gulati, Indian Express (India) | May 9, 2016

Convert crisis into opportunity: Shift from supply side augmentation to demand side management. Similarly, flooding of rice fields needs to be replaced by SRI (System of Rice Intensification) technique, which can save about 30 per cent water. 

Mixed cropping, organic farming and water saving technologies help Naidu turn barren land into a green farm
S. Sainath (Hyderabad), The Weekleader | February 29, 2016

In a region known for farmer suicides and parched fields, Gudivada Nagaratnam Naidu returned to his roots, giving up a job, and went on to create a farm revolution. S Sainath visited Naidu’s farm near Hyderabad that’s even got an apple tree. At a time when farmer suicides continue unabated in Telangana State, a 62-year-old farmer, Naidu, defies the second consecutive drought season, setting national records in paddy and groundnut yields, and showing the way to prosperity with innovative methods and intelligent farming. 

A bumper harvest of mustard by Odisha farmer!
ActionAid India Facebook (Odisha) | May 18, 2016 (an original article was published on February 6, 2012)

Jagannath Kaudi and Mahargi of Bramhanmara village in Sundargarh district, Odisha announced a harvest of 145 kg of mustard, 80 kg of onion and 10 kg of maize from a 10 decimal plot of land. Previously they had harvested only 40 to 50 kg of mustard from the same patch of land during the previous rabi season. 

Sowing the seed of hope
T. Saravanan, Metroplus, The Hindu (Tamilnadu) | March 4, 2016

Winner of the State Award in Agriculture, 32 years old P. Prasanna is a role model for women aspiring to become farmers. 

Nothing to beat black rice
K.P. Prabhakaran Nair, Business Line (India) | February 9, 2016

Arguably of Japanese origin, and full of therapeutic properties, it grows in Manipur. Why not popularise it all over India?. 

SRI technique adopted by this teacher - farmer yields CM award
Pon Vasanth Arunachalam, The Hindu (Tamilnadu) | February 3, 2016

For P. Prasanna (32), who has bagged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Special Award this year for high yield of paddy by adopting System of Rice Intensification (SRI) technique, her interest towards farming never wanes though she is a busy woman juggling time between managing her family and being a teacher in a private school. 

Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative working well for farmers
The Hindu (Tamilnadu) | January 25, 2016

Twenty-two Shade Nets have been developed for optimum resource utilisation by sugarcane farmers in Modakurichi block with the help of Agriculture Department under the Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative introduced since 2011-12 in the command area of Sakthi Sugars Limited, Modakurichi unit. 

Sugarcane growers, a happy lot
R. Krishnamoorthy, The Hindu (Tamilnadu) | January 8, 2016

Recovery will be the highest in sugarcane crop raised under Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI). Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative through drip irrigation and fertigation reflecting in lesser water usage of higher productivity is gradually gaining roots in the district. Every year, 50 to 100 farmers are initiated into SSI in each block, according to official sources. 

SRI News | Year 2015

Why Leelaben matters so much
Rasheeda Bhagat, Business Line (Gujarat) | November 9, 2015

A tribal woman shows farmers how to transform their lives by adopting efficient and environmentally friendly practices. 

Cumbum farmers record bumper paddy yield
The Hindu (Tamilnadu) | November 5, 2015

Early onset of monsoon, timely release of water from Periyar dam for irrigation and adoption of  modern agriculture practices, including System of Rice Intensification, have helped farmers in  Cumbum valley get a bumper yield in the first cropping season. The highest yield in Theni district this season was 10,072 kilogram per hectare and the lowest 8,595 kg. 

6,550 hectares of paddy under SRI
The Hindu (Tamilnadu) | November 4, 2015

As many as 6,550 hectares of paddy crop will be brought under the System Rice Intensification (SRI) method in the current season, according to Collector S. Jayandhi. She was inspecting the progress of bringing paddy fields under SRI at Muthaladampatti. 

Large tracts of Canacona fields lying fallow
Navhind Times (Goa) | November 1, 2015

Gaonkar said that under the system of rice intensification (SRI), nearly 20 plots have been identified and during this rabi season nearly 50 hectare will be covered. Besides, the farmers also sowed seeds like Karzat-3, Jyoti and Jaya for paddy cultivation. 

A model to conserve indigenous paddy varieties
S. Annamalai, The Hindu | October 25, 2015

The system brought down input costs — two to four kg of seeds per acre against 30 kg needed for fertiliser-based, water-intensive farming. The 18 varieties raised using System of Rice Intensification techniques include Mappillai Samba, Garudan Samba, Poongar, Karunguruvai, Chandikar, Thooyamalli, Thanga Samba, Manjal Ponni, Milagi and Sornamusiri. 

New paddy variety yields good results
K. Raju, The Hindu | October 9, 2015

Farmers in Palani area are betting on a new variety of paddy, CO-51, thanks to high tillers and large quantum of grains in each tiller raised on a trial field. 

How water conservation can save money in drought-ridden India
Surinder Sud, Business Standard | September 7, 2015

Adopting a slew of easy, cost-effective technologies and farm practices can raise output with less water. [and system of rice intensification, which helps nearly double the paddy yield with 50 per cent less water]

Crop yield contest for farmers
The Hindu (Tamilnadu, India) | August 20, 2015

A State-level crop yield competition will be conducted for the farmers who have cultivated paddy under the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) technique and the winner will receive Rs. 5 lakh. In a statement, Joint Director of Agriculture C. Chandrasekaran said the SRI Crop Yield Competition would be conducted in each district. Based on the competition at the district-level, the State-level winner would be decided.

Rice cultivation method shows the way
The Hindu (Berhampur, Odisha) | June 8, 2015

System for Rice Intensification (SRI), a technique of paddy cultivation, is being successfully used for cultivation of other crops including vegetables by small farmers in Ganjam district of Odisha. Typically, the SRI is used for paddy cultivation to increase yield. But for the past few years the same technique is being used to increase the harvest of millet, maize, ragi and vegetables like brinjal, beans, green chilly in Ganjam district.

Grow Rice as if it's wheat, Rice Scientist tells Bihar's farmers
Smart Indian Agriculture | June 7, 2015

Rajendra Agricultural University at Samastipur in Bihar is the site of the original Pusa Institute, as the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in Delhi is known. Vivian Fernandes meets its chief scientist who tells the state’s rice farmers to ‘forget TPR and adopt DSR’ as a coping strategy for erratic monsoons..

SE Asia must help farmers adapt in face of mounting disasters - Oxfam
Alisa Tang, Thomson Reuters Foundation | May 26, 2015

Sustainable agriculture can help shore up food security and prevent poverty, aid group says. System of rice intensification - an approach that focuses on management of plants, soils, water and nutrients to optimize harvests without harming the environment - is gaining ground in many countries and should be expanded, Oxfam said.

Confronting kharif 2015
Indira Rajaraman, Livemint | May 1, 2015

The prospect of weak monsoon is never good news, but this time it comes on top of a rabi harvest destroyed by unseasonal rainfall, and a spate of farmer suicides. The prospect of a sub-normal monsoon is never good news, but this time it comes on top of a rabi harvest destroyed by being rained on at the wrong time, and a spate of farmer suicides. The only option is to turn monsoon adversity into an opportunity for closer inspection of water usage in agriculture. We need to look at cultivation pathways that generate more output per unit input of water. We also need to release farmers from the clutches of the corporate seed mafia.

System of Rice Intensification earns food security prize
Lucy Fisher, Cornell Chronicle News | March 16, 2015

That Norman Uphoff, professor emeritus of government and former director of the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD), who has been working with SRI for over 20 years, accepted the prize during the third Global Science Conference on Climate Smart Agriculture March 16 in Montpellier, France. The Olam Prize provides $50,000 to support further SRI research.

(System of Pulse Intensification) Pulses yield helps TN win Krishi Karman Award
Karthik Madhavan, The Hindu | January 19, 2015

That Tamil Nadu has bagged the Krishi Karman Award for 2013-2014 from the Central Government for increased food production is not news anymore. But what is, is the technological, varietal interventions from the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) and the support it gave to the Agriculture Department to increase the cultivable area under pulses and yield in the State.

SRI News | Year 2014

Farming's better half : Jharkhand women redefine smallholder farming
Aakriti Shrivastava, Symbiosis University, ANI News | December 30, 2014

Deoghar (Jharkhand): She is exuberant, ambitious and likes to talk. Women look up to her because she has broken the stereotype of the male dominance in farming. It was only a year ago, that Sulochana Devi was facing ire of the men in her family because she took up a non-conventional method of sowing rice in their one-and-a-half acre family farm in Baarwan village in Jharkhand.

Low cost agricultural appliances for small farmers
Sib Kumar Das, The Hindu (Berhampur, Odisha) | December 30, 2014

Subash Moharana (45), a rural innovator and inventor, who has designed several low cost user-friendly agricultural appliances, is yet to get appropriate patronage for his self-designed tools.

6,000 acres of fallow land made fertile
A.V. Ragunathan, The Hindu (Villupuram district, Tamilnadu) | December 7, 2014

highly beneficial: The system of rice intensification is gaining popularity among the farmers of Villupuram. With a view to giving a thrust to farm production, the State government has launched a scheme to make fallow lands fertile. Farming operations have resumed in 6,000 acres of land that has been lying idle for the past two to three years.

Farmer gets paddy yield of 15.8 tonnes per hectare
The Hindu (Theni district, Tamilnadu) | December 2, 2014

A paddy farmer in Cumbum Pudhupatti village has got a bumper yield this year, setting a new record in yield per hectare, thanks to the application of bio-fertilizers, green manure, proper split application of chemical fertilizers and adoption of modern agriculture practices. He has harvested 15.8 tonnes per hectare against the district average of 10 tonnes this season. It was the highest in the last one decade, said Agriculture Department officials..

SRI method increase production
Kumar Rajesh, Times of India (Bihar) | November 16, 2014

Bhagalpur: The System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and System of Root Intensification method for wheat, also referred to as System of Wheat Intensification (SWI) are likely to augment agriculture production manifold besides catering to the ever increasing demand for rice and wheat.

Eleven new varieties of paddy being researched in Margao
Govind Kamat Maad, Times of India (Goa) | November 11, 2014

Perhaps for the first time since it was established in 2006, the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in Margao, has undertaken demonstration of newer varieties of paddy in its farm on a large scale, thereby signifying its shift from its earlier role of sustaining and supporting agriculture in the state to research and innovation.

I'm waiting for a revolution in rice is actually green
Emmanuel Tumusiime is a researcher on economic justice and agriculture at OXFAM America | October 31, 2014

Small-scale farmers are missing from the changeover.

College develops farmer-friendly PVC marker for transplanting nurseries in place of the conventional heavy iron roller marker
The Hindu (Tamilnadu) | October 24, 2014

The Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute has designed a farmer-friendly PVC marker for transplanting nurseries in place of the conventional heavy iron roller marker. The PVC marker is important farm application , particularly for those who adopt the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method. The PVC marker contains a set of three PVC pipes attached to one another and can be rolled in the fields for making the markings. The labourers can immediately transplant the nurseries by identifying the markings.

Women way of anti-poverty schemes
Deepti KC, Business Line (Bihar) | October 23, 2014

Despite opportunities and systematic community-driven handholding support from the Government and non-government bodies, women might still choose not to participate in the economic development process. Under the purview of the National Rural Livelihoods Mission, the world’s largest poverty alleviation initiative, the Government and NGOs are targeting women from the poorest households in the economic development process. One such project is the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project (BRLP) or Project JEEViKA.

TNAU to promote water-saving methods among Thandalam farmers
P.V.V. Murthi, The Hindu (Tamilnadu) | September 26, 2014

B.J. Pandian, Director of the Water Technology Centre, TNAU, who visited the village on Thursday to interact with farmers and Trust members, told The Hindu that the university would promote water-saving technology such as the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and micro-irrigation among the farmers to help them conserve water and maximise yield and profits, given the drought conditions prevailing in the village.

Seeds of Hope
T. Muruganandham, The New Indian Express (Chennai) | September 22, 2014

Samba farmers across the State are hoping to harvest the benefits of the late surge in the Southwest monsoons and availability of water due to release of water from the Mettur reservoir. Express takes a look at how ryots are preparing for a bumper harvest by equipping themselves with better farming techniques — using System of Rice Intensification, which uses lesser water; through organic farming, which cuts out excessive use of chemicals; and to back them if all else fails, the govt’s return to a more effective crop insurance.

Delta farmers slowly turn to SRI technique
R. Lenin, The New Indian Express | September 22, 2014

SRI is a process of paddy cultivation that requires less water and gives robust yield. But since it is different from the traditional method of sowing, it took a lot of persuasion and perseverance to draw farmers towards it.

New techniques needed to save water resources
Kamaljit Singh Kamal, Hindustan Times (Gurdaspur) | September 21, 2014

With a view to saving water resources and get more yield of paddy, farmers should adopt techniques like direct seeding rice, laser leveler and system of rice intensification (SRI), said financial commissioner (development) Suresh Kumar.

For a second rice revolution
R. Gopalakrishnan, Business Standard | September 4, 2014

Better seeds and cultivation methods can be a game-changer. It is estimated that globally over five million farmers have already adopted SRI cultivation. In the 50 countries where SRI has been tried, 30-40 per cent saving of water has been demonstrated. Due to better husbanding of resources, the yield per hectare has doubled. SRI has thus become a poster boy for "more from less" and can justifiably claim to be a "climate-friendly, green rice." Imagine the potential of such rice to save water and to deliver the marketing position of being an environment-friendly rice. In the consumer atmosphere of a rapidly urbanising India, this holds promise.

Rice area goes up as farmers pick up SRI method
Shashikant Trivedi, Business Standard | September 3, 2014

Madhya Pradesh has experienced shortage of soya seed this year and encouraged farmers to switch over to rice cultivation. Anticipating shortage in soya seed, increased irrigation facility and verbal publicity of SRI (System of Rice Intensification) system of cultivation, farmers in Madhya Pradesh switched over to rice thereby increasing the area by another four lakh hectares. "SRI system of rice cultivation has become wide spread where controlled irrigation is easily available, the area has gone up to 1.8 million hectare this year," a highly placed official said.

Innovative Bihar farmer makes it to South Africa, via Facebook
Imran Khan, IANS India Private Limited / Yahoo India News | August 26, 2014

A Bihar farmer who set a paddy cultivation record has been hired on a five-year contract by the South African government to train farmers there in the innovative System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method for which he will be paid the equivalent of Rs.50,000 (8,800 rand/$826) a month - all thanks to Facebook.

Farmer reaps fruitful yield through SRI method
The Hindu | August 21, 2014

A technologically advanced method is rooted in the success of a farmer from Kurukattoor in Alwarthirunagari block.With the adoption of System Rice Intensification (SRI) method, John, a progressive farmer, reaped rich benefits in paddy.

A New Rice Bowl in Madhya Pradesh
Raju Kumar, Rural Marketing | August 13, 2014

Madhya Pradesh has been continuously drawing attention of other states because of its agricultural growth in recent years. Some of its districts, which used to have very low productivity, are now contributing significantly in the agricultural development. Umaria is one such district where agriculture was not considered profitable.

India's shifting food bowls
Ravish Tiwwari, India Today | August 13, 2014

Geography of rice and wheat has been transformed with Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh  generating surpluses. Adoption of the new agronomic practices known as the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in the new zones, with help from the government, has led to this massive jump in paddy production.


New rice cultivation methodology can help crops tolerate drought: Norman Uphoff
Sayantan Bera, Livemint | August 12, 2014

Uphoff, the global campaigner of SRI, speaks on the Indian experience and how it can help in drought mitigation.

Farmers learn ways to increase productivity
The Hindu / August 3, 2014

A group of farmers in Kanyakumari district learnt advantages of traditional farming practices and modern techniques such as System of Rice Intensification at training programme held recently at Vivekananda Kendra Natural Resources Development Project (VK-NARDEP) in Kanyakumari.

Great Response on System of Rice Intensification (SRI) from Arunachal Pradesh farmers
KIRAN (Knowledge Innovation Repository of Agrculture in the North East) | July 28, 2014

As a part of the promotion of the SRI in Arunachal Pradesh Shri. A. Kirankumar Singh, i/c Programme Coordinator, KVK West Siang has been working since the last thre eyears under the SRI - A Pilot Project under RKVY by demonstrating the system in different districts of the state.

Small & Marginal farmers of Punjab can increase rice production by adopting System of rice intensification : Dr Sabharwal
Manan Saini, | July 24, 2014

Water from rainfall is becoming more unreliable. With the changing climatic conditions, water from rainfall is becoming more unreliable. It is in such a situation that the agricultural sector will have to feed more people and have very little water to spare as there is also pressure from increasing water demand from other sectors.

Karnataka: Bid to promote SRI method of paddy farming
Business Line | July 22, 2014

More than 900 families in Dakshina Kannada district have taken up the SRI (System of Rice Intensification) method of paddy cultivation, according to Mahaveer Ajri, Regional Director of the Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP), an NGO working for rural development in Karnataka.

When tribal women make farming look so easy
Sarada Lahangir, Odisha, Press Institute of India | July 22, 2014

Indian women farmers are emerging as the backbone of the rural economy. Recent data from the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) data reveals that 18 per cent of farming families are headed by women. To put faces to these figures, one just has to travel to Odisha’s largely tribal district of Koraput and one can find hardworking women creating a space for themselves through their agricultural activities and ensuring food security for entire villages in the process.

‘System of rice intensification’ offers a better technique of paddy plantation
Kamaljit Singh Kamal, Hindustan Times (Gurdaspur), July 19, 2014

With climate change, soil degradation and water becoming an important cost, the ‘System of Rice Intensification’ (SRI) offers disadvantaged farming households better option of paddy transplantation. A truant monsoon is in the offing, with El Nino weather patterns expected to bring about drier conditions. India has the world’s largest area devoted to rice, a very water-intensive crop. Experts feel that this is the right time for giving impetus to ‘more crop per drop’ practice during the current rice-growing kharif season.

Agriculture is ecocentric
Latha Jishnu, Down to Earth | July 31, 2014

Norman Uphoff, professor emeritus of government and international agriculture at Cornell University, US, likes to say that the system of rice intensification is a virus. He says he caught the virus in 1990 and that it took a full three years for the virus to set in. Uphoff 73, is talking about SRI, the system of rice intensification, a bug that he caught in Madagascar from a French priest Henri de Laulani who had brought about what he calls a paradigm shift in the way the crop is grown. It is a virus that the American academic has over the past 15 years spread to millions of farmers in 53 countries. In an interview to Latha Jishnu, Uphoff talks about the problems of agriculture scientists.

Getting more with less
Latha Jishnu, Down to Earth | July 31, 2014

System of crop intensification, specially in rice, has shown sizeable savings in water and seed usage. Yet its adoption has not spread despite incentives.

System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method of farming demonstrated to Sangolda School Students
Navhind Times | July 8, 2014

The Green Growth Institute, Sangolda in collaboration with the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, North Goa, held a live demonstration on paddy cultivation through the SRI system for the Standard VII students of Chubby Cheeks Spring Valley High School, Porvorim on July 6, 2014.

More rice from less water
Rita Sharma,
The Hindu's Opinion Comment | July 7, 2014

A truant monsoon is in the offing, with El Niño weather patterns expected to bring about drier conditions. India has the world’s largest area devoted to rice, a very water-intensive crop.  This is a good time for giving impetus to “more crop per drop” practices, now that the rice-growing kharif season is upon us.

For a better MGNREGA
Rita Sharma, The New Indian Express | July 5, 2014

The scheme should be refocused towards creating durable assets in agriculture to incorporate measures for betterment of natural resources and adopt practices like SRI for smallholders.


Govt gears up for kharif crop, more land under SRI
Joaquim Fernandes, Times of India | June 18, 2014

PANAJI: Gearing up for the kharif paddy crop this monsoon, the agriculture department is trying to raise the area under SRI (system of rice intensification) in Goa to an unprecedented 1,000 hectares in the uplands, agriculture director P Tufani said.

Training programmes for farmers on SRI under NFSM
Nagaland Post | June 10, 2014

Department of agriculture, Zunheboto conducted one-day training programme for farmers on system of rice intensification (SRI) under National food security mission (NFSM) June 5. At the training programme, the district agriculture officer (DAO) G Kiyevi Aye highlighting food production scenario of India and the need to increase the production to meet the increasing population.

Rice-to-riches Story for Paddy Cultivators in Dangs
Daily News Agency | May 24, 2014

Workshop showcases benefit of SRI technique that requires less water and input, but provides better yield. 


Farmers, experts in Gujarat root for new rice transplant method
Business Standard | May 23, 2014

Farmers in Gujarat have asked the state government to adopt a new technique that helps in increasing the yield of rice as part of its farm policy.

Miracle grow: Indian rice farmer uses controversial method for record crop
John Vidal, The Guardian | May 13, 2014

Tamil Nadu farmer produces bumper crop four times larger than average using system of rice intensification.

Modified paddy cultivation method seems to hold better promise
M.J. Prabhu, The Hindu | May 7, 2014

Modified drum technology for SRI paddy cultivation by RASS -KVK , Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh. Rice, a major crop in Andhra Pradesh, is cultivated using water from borewells, tanks or open wells. Since the crop grows in standing water ground water depletion is usually high especially during summer.

Madurai ryot hits bumper harvest
S. Poorvaja, The Hindu | May 2, 2014

While the yield per hectare in the past in Madurai’s rural areas was not more than 10 tonnes, S. Sethumadhavan, a farmer in Alanganallur near here, has harvested a record yield of 24 tonnes of paddy per hectare – highest in the State.

Farmer reaps high yield by combining organic, inorganic fertilizers
Times of India | May 2, 2014

A Madurai-based farmer has managed to produce the highest yield in paddy by combining organic and chemical fertilisers, even as agriculture is undergoing the odds due to erratic rains.

System of Rice Intensification provides full rice plate at low price
Times of India | April 15, 2014

The System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method of rice cultivation, which has been in existence in the region for some years, is now all set to revolutionize rice production. And if the divisional commissionerate has its way, the yield of different varieties of rice grown using this technique will increase threefold in the next two years or so.

SRI to the rescue of village hit by labour shortage
T. Ramakrishnan, The Hindu | March 3, 2014 (Kancheepuram district, Tamilnadu, India)

“We have at last found a solution to labour shortage. I am hopeful of sustainable farming” Not long ago, farmers of Kavanthandalam, a village about 10 km from Uthiramerur of Kancheepuram district and situated along Cheyyar river, were extremely worried about the future of farming in their area.

German to make documentary on Bihar farmer, who set a paddy cultivation record
Business Standard | March 1, 2014 (Nalanda, Bihar, India)

A German has come all the way to a village in Bihar's Nalanda district to make a documentary on a farmer who set a paddy cultivation record. "We are here to shoot a documentary film on life of Sumant Kumar, his farming technique and lifestyle," said Munich-based journalist Vetina Vez, who is heading the eight member-team from Germany.

Farmers, workers undergo training on cono weeder
Special Correspondent, The Hindu | February 27, 2014 (Pudukkottai district, Tamilnadu, India)

A day-long training programme on the use of cono weeder during cultivation of paddy under System of Rice Intensification (SRI) technique was organised at Koovattupatti village near Iluppur on Wednesday.

Bihar scaling new heights in agriculture production: Nitish
Times of India | February 25, 2014 (Bihar, India)

Once regarded as a backward state on agriculture front also, Bihar is now hogging the limelight at national level and its farmers are getting national awards due to their hard work, said chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday. He said farmers should adopt the SRI method to maximize the yield.

New method promises enhanced sugarcane yield
Bhiva P. Parab, The Navhind Times | February 24, 2014 (Goa, India)

The sugarcane crop, which was raised using SSI method at a farm of the agriculture department at Dhuler, Mapusa. The agricultural department has been keen on promoting ‘sustainable sugarcane initiative’ to boost sugarcane production.

Leaving behind Cambodia’s troubled legacy
Chris Hufstader, Oxfam America | February 19, 2014 (Cambodia)

The rice growers I met are moving forward and embracing new techniques. All 52 farming families here have learned new ways to grow rice using the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) practices.

Norwegian experts interact with farmers
The Hindu | February 12, 2014 (Andhra Pradesh)

An expert team of the Norwegian Institute for Agriculture and Environmental Research visited the villages in Damarcherla mandal on Tuesday to elicit the response on the alternate wetting and drying (AWD) method of irrigation, which being implemented under the Nagarjunasagar left bank canal.

Nearly 3,150 kg of paddy was harvested on Saturday.The return of the garudan samba
M. Balaganessin, The Hindu | February 9, 2014 (Tamilnadu)

A NABARD scheme has led to the revival of the nearly-extinct variety of paddy. A farmer of Marundhanthalai village near here has revived a paddy variety, garudan samba, which was on the verge of extinction. Adopting bio-cultivation practices and the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) technique, the farmer R. Ganesan raised the 160-day- crop under the Farm Innovation Promotion Fund scheme of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) in September last year.

'Climate Smart' Farms Key To Feeding The World
Beth Hoffman, Forbes | February 7, 2014 (Odisha)

The bad news is that it looks like climate change is here to stay. The good news is that there are a number of cost effective, sustainable methods farmers can adopt immediately to lessen the blow..

Basmati’ in drought-prone place
D.J. Walter Scott, The Hindu | February 6, 2014 (Tamilnadu)

S. Ameer Muthar now cultivates basmati rice on nearly 1.5 acres. A farmer in a remote village in Tirupulani block has surprised one and all by cultivating the alien basmati in this drought-prone district.

Kamal Kisan aims to help small farmers with innovative agricultural equipments
Kirti Punia, Social your story | February 05, 2014 (Bangalore, Karnataka)

Kamal Kisan works with a franchise-based model to deliver farm equipments, which can substitute the farming activities carried out by labour, as a service to the farmers. The rationale behind choosing the service model is to effectively deliver equipments to the farmer as a variable expense rather than a capital investment, which can be extraordinarily challenging for small and marginal farmers.

Paddy farmers in Erode expect bumper harvest
R. Krishnamoorthy, The Hindu | January 30, 2014 (Erode, Tamilnadu)

For enhanced productivity: Farmers in Erode district have patronised System of Rice Intensification method of paddy cultivation on a large scale. For having produced 6,119 kg paddy per acre, Mr. Parameswaran received the award that included Rs. 5 lakh in cash and a medal worth Rs. 3,500.

Award-winning farmer opposes laying concrete in irrigation canals
The Hindu | January 26, 2014 (Erode, Tamilnadu)

N. Parameswaran, the Erode-based farmer, who received the Chief Minister's special award for obtaining highest yield in the State, made a strong case against converting traditional irrigation canals into concrete structures.

Treading the sustainable path
Anitha Pailoor, Deccan Herald | January 14, 2014 (Mysore, Karnataka)

Farming Syed Ghani Khan’s farm stands unique with a verdant tapestry of 700 paddy varieties and 120 types of mango. This distinct ecosystem is the result of a farmer’s constant effort with constructive involvement of his family, writes Anitha Pailoor, against the backdrop of the United Nations declaring 2014 as the year of family farming.

A Golden Harvest in Every Bit of Paddy Field
Aswathi Krishna, The New Indian Express | January 14, 2014 (Karnataka)

You can hardly find an unused paddy field at Koodatham Poyil, a small village in Kayanna grama panchayat near Perambra, thanks to Samrudhi, a society of 21 members in the region which is on a mission to turn the village green by bringing the old glory of paddy cultivation back.

Odisha: Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative Boon for Farmers
Orissa Diary | January 11, 2014 (Bhubaneswar, Odisha)

The state level workshop on Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI) was successfully organised by Nirman with support from AgSri, on 10th January, 2014 at CYSD in Bhubaneswar. Mr. Prasant Mohanty, Executive Director, NIRMAN said SSI, an innovative sugarcane farming practice based on the principle of “More with Less” is boon for farmers.

Collector impressed by mechanized farming
The Hindu | January 8, 2014 (Eluru, Andhra Pradesh)

Paddy sown by using drummers and mechanized planters to overcome shortage of farm hands. The farmers here adopted non-traditional paddy cultivation methods in sowing by using drummers and mechanized planters in a bid to overcome shortage of farm hands and cut down the increasing cost of cultivation. Paddy plantation through the non-conventional method took place in more than half of the total area under paddy of 4,000 ha in the village. The Collector learned from the farmers that the modern method helped them reduce manpower and water consumption..

Farmers warm to hybrid cultivation
Sarat Sarma, The Telegraph India | January 2, 2014 (West Bengal)

Farmers in the hills traditionally believe in jhum cultivation but 60 Pura households in the Mahur area of Dima Hasao district feel they have got a viable alternative. Last year, hybrid rice cultivation was introduced in the district under the system of rice intensification (SRI).

SRI News | Year 2013

Tanzania embraces new system of growing rice
Deutsche Welle | December 19, 2013 (Tanzania)

Rice farmers of Morogoro, Tanzania, have adapted a new system that is weather friendly and cost effective. They are happy that with the new system, their rice can stand prolonged droughts and storms.

Rice grown in Maryland? Farmer sees a future that doesn’t involve flooding
Washington Post | December 18, 2013 (USA)

Organic farmer Heinz Thomet, owner of Next Step Produce, cobbled together a method of producing rice without flooded fields, a practice central to the system of rice intensification.

Direct sowing is success mantra
R. Krishnamoorthy, The Hindu | December 14, 2013 (Tamilnadu)

It is expected to benefit farmers in water-deficit areas of the region.

Now, rice will grow on rocky land
Priyanka Kaushal, Tehelka Magazine | December 14, 2013 (Chhattisgarh)

Farmers and agricultural scientists in Chhattisgarh have preserved and developed more than 23,000 varieties of paddy.

Organic farmer shows the way in paddy cultivation
G. Nagaraja, The Hindu | December 12, 2013 (West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh)

Innovative techniques have helped Gadde Satish Babu withstand the onslaught of successive cyclones. Satish Babu, a graduate-turned organic farmer from Seetampet, under Denduluru mandal in West Godavari district, remains unaffected even as his counterparts elsewhere have been affected badly from a series of cyclones in the current kharif season.

South (Sikkim) farmers introduced to better performing organic rice
Sikkim News| November 20, 2013 (Sikkim)

After Budang in West district, it was the turn of farmers from South Sikkim to attend a demonstration of the superior performance of organic rice in fields of fellow farmers at Manghim, where the pilot project has been underway for four months.

The future of farming: AgSri is changing the planting method for entire sugarcane fields in India
Marianna Heinisch, Social your story | October 31, 2013 (Andhra Pradesh, India)

“Farming, particularly small farmers, is in deep crisis in India. This is happening for mainly three reasons: it is increasingly becoming input oriented and farmers are spending more to get less; irregular rains and constraints on natural resources leave crops to uncertainty and access to markets is getting unstable. The challenge now is to reduce input costs and improve the productivity; for that we need to focus on water management, planting differently and target inputs, emphasizing on organic fertilizers and pest control”.

Farmers discover “rice parachute” technology
Francois Gerles, Asian IFAD | October 24, 2013 (Cambodia)

A small group of farmers in Takeo province has been experimenting with a rice transplanting method that has proven successful in several countries of the region. In addition to producing higher yields, the parachute technique reduces manpower costs and, incidentally, backaches.

Making sustainable intensification work on sound evidence
David Spielman, | October 16, 2013 (Worldwide)

Assessing the real-world impact of new agronomic practices depends on good economic studies.

New approaches are needed for another Green Revolution
Norman Uphoff, | October 16, 2013 (Worldwide)

Twenty-first century agriculture needs low-input advances like the System of Rice Intensification, says Norman Uphoff.

Conserving the nearly extinct Navara Red Rice Organically
M.J. Prabhu, The Hindu | October 10, 2013 (Kerala, India)

The Navara Eco farm is nestled on the banks of the quietly flowing Shokanashini river in Chittur, Palghat district, Kerala. The unique aspect of the farm is that it has the largest navara rice growing field (12 acres) in the state. “Navara is a medicinal rice variety and its cultivation is almost extinct. Many reasons such as non-availability of pure seeds, low yield and high production cost are attributed for this. The specialty is that this is the only organically grown navara rice farm in the region,” says Mr. P. Narayanan Unni, a third generation marketing executive-turned-farmer, running the everyday activities of the farm.

Innovations for better yield
The Telegraph India | September 21, 2013 (Ranchi, Jharkhand, India)

Echoing the views of Updhayaya, planning and development department minister Narendra Narayan Yadav said agriculturists and scientists should bring in novelty for better yield. “Scientists and agriculturists from Bihar developed the system of root intensification (SRI) method of paddy cultivation, resulting in record yield,” he said. Chief secretary A.K. Sinha said: “In 2011, Nalanda farmer Sumant Kumar set a world record in paddy production (264 quintal/hectare) using innovative ideas with judicious use of organic manures, chemical fertilisers and bio-fertilisers.”

Samba cultivation picks up in Thanjavur
The Hindu | September 23, 2013 (Ranchi, Jharkhand, India)

Samba cultivation has picked up in Thanjavur district. With adequate water available in the rivers and canals, coupled with rain at night, farmers are busy in samba cultivation. Transplantation of samba seedlings is going on in the district. Direct sowing and SRI methods are followed as water efficient way of cultivation. In direct sowing, seeds are sown and allowed to sprout.

Now, raise paddy seedlings in trays
M.T. Shiva Kumar, The Hindu | September 16, 2013 (Mandya, Karnataka, India)

A boon for farmers? Experts at the V.C. Farm say the ‘tray nursery method’ is less labour intensive and will bring down the cost of cultivation. To help paddy farmers who have been facing problems of labour shortage and high cost of cultivation, the Zonal Agricultural Research Station (V.C. Farm), near Shivalli in Mandya taluk, has come out with something that will be a “boon for farmers”.

Out of Africa
M.R. Subramani, Business Line | August 18, 2013 (India)

The System of Rice Intensification (SRI) emerged in Madagascar in the 1980s. It was the brainchild of Henri de Laulanie, a Jesuit priest. Today, it is being adopted by farmers in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, among other states. D. Sugunamma, a farmer in Kaktur village in Andhra Pradesh’s Karimnagar district, says that during a dry spell in 2009, the SRI system ensured that his crops did not wither. “Under the SRI system, paddy needs water only once in four days. In 2009, the plants sometimes went without water for eight days at a stretch,” he says.

GI tag to boost traditional cultivation
The Hindu | August 3, 2013 (Thanjavur, Tamilnadu, India)

Kaipad system of rice cultivation is an organic farming system in which rice cultivation and aquaculture go together in coastal brackish water marshes. The clearance to include kaipad rice cultivated in the brackish water tracts in the northern parts of the State in the Geographical Indications (GI) registry is expected to give fresh impetus to the initiatives to revive the traditional ‘kaipad’ system of rice cultivation internationally.

Trending in Thanjai: Readymade Paddy Saplings
N. Ramesh, The New Indian Express | July 22, 2013 (Cauvery Delta, Tamilnadu, India)

Agriculture in parts of Cauvery delta attained an industrial flavour with farmers outsourcing paddy nurseries from some private operators and also from farming peers. One could see the workers loading ADT 43, ADT 36 variety of nurseries grown in special mats into a mini lorry from a farm located in Saliyamangalam village. A multinational firm which has taken the farm for lease from a local farmer, raises nurseries for farmers who are in for Kuruvai cultivation.

Rice Cultivation Machinery displayed at TNAU
The Hindu | July 6, 2013 (Tamilnadu)

“The only way to address the problem of depleting resources in terms of labour, land and water, is by mechanising cultivation. The human drudgery involved in field operations necessitates the development of improved machinery to provide quality employment to youth in farming,” Vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University K. Ramasamy said here on Friday.

Experts to learn Bihar farmers' innovative paddy growing method
Newstrack India | July 2, 2013 (Bihar, India)

Agriculture scientists and experts across India are keen to learn Bihar farmers’ system of root intensification (SRI) method of paddy cultivation, which has resulted in record crop yields, an official said.

Self-propelled wetland direct rice seeder
The Hindu | June 26, 2013 (Tamilnadu)

A self-propelled riding type wetland direct rice seeder has been developed for sowing pre-germinated paddy seeds in puddled fields by Agricultural Engineering College & Research Institute, Kumulur, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. The seeder can be operated by a 4.4 hp horizontal type air cooled four stroke single cylinder diesel engine. The gear boxes used in this machine are taken from the transplanter of riding type machine. Rubber moulded iron lugged wheels are used as ground wheel.

It's time for 'second crop' revolution
Times of India | June 9, 2013 (Nagpur, Maharashtra)

Nagpur divisional commissioner B Venugopal Reddy Reddy says that this will not be possible with just MNREGA or any single scheme. He feels it will work only with convergence of schemes. "The labour part can come from MNREGA while System Rice Intensification (SRI) technique for rice cultivation can be taken from NFSM. Educational awareness and technical support can come from RKVY".

Demystifying a rice revolution
Oxfam America | May 9, 2013 (Vietnam)

Barry Shelley is Oxfam America’s global agriculture and climate change advisor. A recent story by Dan Charles on mysteries related to the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) highlights some critical issues in current SRI debates. First, intensified labor demands can be an obstacle to initial SRI adoption in some locales. Second, since development work must....

Farmers leave field, rice may soon disappear from your plate
OneIndia News | May 1, 2013 (India)

With normal rice at Rs 50 kg and agricultural output at a very low 3 percent, the Census figures on the decline of cultivators is scary. It is scary because rice is above Rs 50, cereals, pulses touching Rs 100 kg and vegetables are upwards from Rs 40 kg. Even though, in the past decade, consumption of food items has moved more towards high-value ones such as fruits, vegetables, milk, meat and fish, the ratio of cereals and pulses is still over 50 percent.

A. Sakthivel spends less to net more
M.J. Prabhu, The Hindu | April 28, 2013 (Tamilnadu, India)

With a mere three acres, a Kancheepuram youth has showed that a good income and minimum expense hold the key for youth to stick to farming. He learnt the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), a technique that helps to double yield, and decided to try it out. But his friends and relations tried to talk him out of it, saying it was foolish to bet on some unheard technique.

How small-scale farmers are growing more rice with less water and fewer chemicals
Sami Grover, Mother Nature Network | April 15, 2013 (Global)

SRI, the system of rice intensification, has taken agribusiness giants by surprise with its record-breaking harvests across the globe.

Ryots give tips to one another
Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao, The Hindu | March 17, 2013 (Andhra Pradesh, India)

Discuss ways to tackle labour shortage and reduce cost of cultivation. Scores of farmers gathered to share their experiences at Reddypuram village on the outskirts of Hanamkonda mandal and discussed how to tackle labour shortage and reduce cost of cultivation. “This is very popular in Maharashtra. We want our farmers to adopt these technologies as we have been facing severe shortage of labour,” R. Uma Reddy said explaining that the labour component is costliest among all inputs in farming.

SSI doubles Sugarcane Output
G. Sathyamoorthi, The Hindu | March 8, 2013 (Tiruchi, Tamilnadu, India)

A farmer at Pattalapettai adopts the method, reaps benefit. If the farm of I. Antony at Pattalapettai in Tiruverumbur block, raised under the Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI) method, were to prove inspirational and were to be replicated, the sugar mills in Tiruchi district could face a problem of plenty.

Challenge to China - Farmer invites doubting scientist to field
Sanjeev Kumar Verma, The Telegraph India | February 27, 2013 (Bihar, India)

The world’s top rice farmer has invited his challenger from China to visit Bihar and see for himself the yield on his farm. Not only that, Sumant Kumar of Nalanda is also open to the idea of harvesting the crop in the presence of experts so that questions are not raised about his feat.

Chinese whispers over rice record - Scientist questions Nalanda farmer paddy yield
G.S. Mudur and Sanjeev Kumar Verma, The Telegraph India | February 22, 2013 (Bihar, India)

Neither a rant from China nor a report from Cuttack is likely to wrest the title of the world’s top rice farmer that Sumant Kumar from Bihar’s Nalanda district earned last year. Scientists have raised doubts over the claim that Kumar’s patch of land had in 2011 delivered 22.4 tonnes per hectare of paddy, a world record, beating a Chinese farmer who had logged 19.4 tonnes per hectare the previous year.

Fantastic farming: India’s miracle rice
Graham Land, Asian Correspondent | February 18, 2013 (Bihar, India)

Farmers in the Indian state of Bihar recently smashed world records in rice and potato growing. Sumant Kumar, from the village of Darveshpura, applied improved farming methods in hopes of surpassing his usual 4-5 tons of rice production per hectare. He did. In fact he grew 22.4 tons per hectare, even surpassing the “father of rice”, Chinese agricultural scientist Yuan Long Ping, World Bank-funded scientists and giant Western seed corporations.

Climate-friendly rice: End of the paddyfield?
Paul Brown, Climate News Network | February 18, 2013 (Global)

A new method of growing rice has achieved significantly larger harvests while reducing the need for fertilisers and curbing emissions of greenhouse gases. A paper published in The Geographical Journal, the scientific publication of the Royal Geographical Society of London, says the System of Rice Intensification, or SRI, is having such success that 50 countries are now adopting it.

New techniques to help ryots reap bumper crop
The Hindu | February 9, 2013 (Vellore, Tamilnadu, India)

Cultivation of rice under System of Rice Intensification (SRI), cultivation of sugarcane under Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI) method, adopting pair row technique in cultivation of sugarcane and fertigation technique, in which fertilizers are added to water supply at the time of irrigation, are some of the modern agricultural techniques propagated and implemented under the Integrated Farm System (IFS) in four blocks in Vellore district under the National Agricultural Development Programme.

Project to guide farmers sustain rice production
The Hindu | February 2, 2013 (Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu, India)

A three-year 'ClimaRice' project aims to identify and demonstrate climate-resilient rice farming systems. ‘Clima villages’ were identified from which ‘Clima farmers’ were selected to adopt the strategies, including the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and Direct Sowing of Rice (DSR). Later, nearly 1,500 farmers in the Kalingarayan and Ponnaniar Canals were made to try these strategies and the feedback obtained was positive.

Mechanised transplantation of paddy improves productivity
Raviprasad Kamila, The Hindu | January 28, 2013 (Karnataka)

Prabhakara Mayya of Nada village near Ujire in Belthangady taluk adopted mechanised cultivation and harvesting of paddy on his two-acre plot five years ago. Machines plant saplings on the surface allowing them space to spread roots, he says. The yield increased from 15 to 20 quintals of paddy an acre with the new method. He says adopting mechanised paddy planting helps.

Farmer gets award for cultivation feat
The Hindu | January 27, 2013 (Madurai, Tamilnadu, India)

At a time when paddy cultivation is no longer considered lucrative and farmlands are being converted into housing plots, P. Solaimalai, a farmer from Madurai, has achieved a rare feat by producing 8,272 kg paddy per acre against the normal production of about 3,800 kg per acre. He achieved it by using the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) for cultivation. On Saturday, Mr. Solaimalai received a special award from the Agriculture Department on the occasion of Republic Day for getting the highest yield under SRI.

Woman farmer honoured for record rice yield
The Hindu | January 22, 2013 (Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu, India)

District Collector C. Samayamoorthy on Monday honoured a woman farmer from the district who had won a national award for having achieved a record yield. T. Amalarani harvested 18,143 kg of paddy per hectare under SRI technique, bagged the Union Government's 'Krishi Karman Award' carrying the cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and received it from President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on January 15, 2013.

New improvised tool for SRI paddy planting method
M.J. Prabhu, The Hindu | January 3, 2013 (Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India)

This device helps farmers to plant the seedlings at exact locations. One of the main steps Tamil Nadu farmers are advised while growing paddy under ‘System for Rice Intensification,’ method, popularly called as SRI, is to adopt seedling distance while planting.

SRI News | Year 2012

1.3 million rice farmers now using innovative growing methods in Vietnam
Soleak Seang, OXFAM America | December 19, 2012 (Vietnam)

The harvest season is just over in Thai Nguyen Province, and the vast terraces are filled with rows of freshly harvested rice stalks in countless small paddy fields. It was a good harvest, says 41-year-old Chu Thi Thanh Khuong as she shows visitors bags of rice stacked up to two meters high.

Man proves lack of education no hindrance to innovation
Sib Kumar Das, The Hindu | December 17, 2012 (Ganjam, Odisha, India)

Through his scientific temper and efforts Subash Moharana (43) of Gobara village of Belaguntha block in Ganjam district has proved that lack of education can not become a hindrance in the path of inventions and innovations. His most recent invention happened to be a multi-seed sowing machine.

Tuticorin focuses on SRI method
Praveen Paul Joseph, The Hindu | December 15, 2012 (Tuticorin, Tamilnadu, India)

The district can show a yield of 4.5 tonnes of paddy per hectare if the farmers adopt the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method. With the adoption of this technologically advanced method, livelihood of the farmers would also be enhanced, Collector Ashish Kumar said.

Farmers encouraged to go in for short duration crop
The Hindu | December 10, 2012 (Tamilnadu, India)

Agriculture department officials have been advising paddy cultivators to go in for short duration variety. They have been popularising the System of Rice Intensification and about 37,500 hectares had been brought under this technique, according to sources.

Farmers lose hope of samba crop
G. Srinivasan, The Hindu | December 6, 2012 (Tamilnadu, India)

The samba crop in the Cauvery delta districts of Thanjavur and Tiruvarur is as good as lost with neither Karnataka nor the northeast monsoon coming to their rescue. They let cattle graze their parched paddy fields.

Use drum seeder to cut costs, scientists tell paddy farmers
The Hindu | December 5, 2012 (Mandya, Karnataka, India)

Farmers facing the problem of labour shortage should use drum seeder to sow paddy, scientists from the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bangalore, and Zonal Agricultural Research Station, V.C. Farm, Mandya, have said. Drum seeders are best suited for farmers with small and marginal landholdings. Farmers advised to adopt the ‘System of Rice Intensification’ for the KRH-4 variety.

System of Root Intensification method now inspiring farmers abroad: Nalanda DM
Farrukh Nadim, Times of India | December 3, 2012 (Nalanda, Bihar, India)

Nalanda DM Sanjay Kumar Agarwal on the occasion of harvesting at village Kasimpur, on Saturday said, "Farmers of Nalanda are getting more return on their investments as they have engineered a 35-40% growth in paddy production by using System of Root Intensification (SRI) and their success stories have prompted scientists and farmers of the other countries, who are turning towards the district to learn the technique the local farmers have adopted".

How Millions of Farmers are Advancing Agriculture For Themselves
Jonathan Latham, Independent Service News | December 3, 2012 (Bihar, India)

The world record yield for paddy rice production is not held by an agricultural research station or by a large-scale farmer from the United States, but by Sumant Kumar who has a farm of just two hectares in Darveshpura village in the state of Bihar in Northern India. His record yield of 22.4 tons per hectare, from a one-acre plot, was achieved with what is known as the System of Rice Intensification (SRI). To put his achievement in perspective, the average paddy yield worldwide is about 4 tons per hectare. Even with the use of fertilizer, average yields are usually not more than 8 tons.

Farmers asked to adapt SRI method
The Hindu | December 1, 2012 (Tamilnadu, India)

With the storage level in major reservoirs steadily dwindling after the district failed to receive significant rainfall during the past thirty days, the worst-ever precipitation here during the northeast monsoon, Collector R. Selvaraj has appealed to the paddy farmers to follow System of Rice Intensification (SRI) technique that requires relatively lesser quantity of water to nourish the water-intensive crop while giving better yield.

SRI technology may be a boon for farmers growing paddy in Punjab
The Indian Express | November 30, 2012 (Punjab, India)

Experiments on System of Rice Intensification (SRI) technique for growing paddy in Gurdaspur district for the last six years promise to usher in a new era for growers in Punjab as far as yield, input costs and profit margins are concerned. Agriculture Development Officer in Gurdaspur, Dr Amrik Singh, said results of the experiments conducted by the agriculture department with the help of Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA), Gurdaspur, has indicated the superiority of SRI practices over the traditional methods for rice cultivation.

SRI system revives popularity of paddy cultivation
M.J. Prabhu, The Hindu | November 28, 2012 (Thiruvallur, Tamilnadu, India)

“As scientists we face a great challenge in motivating a farmer and sustaining his interest in continuing paddy cultivation with less amount of water, using techniques like Systematic Rice Intensification (SRI). For this we need to identify enterprising growers in respective districts who are optimistic and ready to try,” says Mr. M.Devanathan, programme co-ordinator, Thirur KVK, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu.

SRI comes in handy to tide over labour crisis
The Hindu | November 26, 2012 (Adhanur village, Tamilnadu, India)

Adoption of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) technique has helped farmers address the shortage of agricultural labourers, say a section of paddy cultivators in the district. With the scant water available for irrigation, they are left with no option but to resort to SRI technique, they said during an interaction with a team of agriculture department officials who inspected their fields recently.

SRI technique gaining popularity
D.J. Walter Scott, The Hindu | November 25, 2012 (Tamilnadu, India)

If availability of scarce water in this drought prone district could be turned into an opportunity, then farmers covered under the SRI technology in R.S. Mangalam block in this district are shining example to this trend.

Farmers opt for paddy variety that needs less water
M.T. Shiva Kumar, The Hindu | November 19, 2012 (Bangalore, Karnataka, India)

Farmers in at least six districts, who were affected by deficient rainfall this year, have come forward to cultivate a hybrid variety of paddy, KRH-4, developed by the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bangalore, which requires less water compared to other varieties.

Farmers told to go in for SRI method, short-duration crops
The Hindu | November 13, 2012 (Pudukottai, Tamilnadu, India)

With the northeast monsoon playing truant , the Agriculture Department has advised ‘samba’ paddy farmers to go in for short-duration varieties along with System of Rice Intensification (SRI) to make the most of water available for cultivation and harvest by mid-January next.

They stoop to conquer
Sarada Lahangir, The Hindu | October 21, 2012 (Odisha, India)

Tribal women in Odisha’s Koraput district are increasingly taking to organic farming techniques — reaping rich yields with less input costs.

Choose short duration crops and adopt SRI technique, farmers told
The Hindu | October 17, 2012 (Pudukottai district, Tamilnadu, India)

The Agriculture Department has suggested paddy farmers to adopt System of Rice Intensification (SRI) technique and raise short-duration varieties, says S. Sivasankaran, Joint Director of Agriculture. Of the 5,162 hectares in Kundrandarkovil, Karambakudi, Pudukottai, Arimalam, Annavasal and other blocks in the district, 3,015 hectares had been brought under SRI technique. The varieties raised were BPT-5204, ADT-39, CR-1009 and improved white ponni.

84 villages go in for SRI method
The Hindu | October 9, 2012 (Thanjavur district, Tamilnadu, India)

System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method of cultivation has been taken up by farmers in 84 villages in Thanjavur district for this samba season. In SRI method, water requirement is less as seedlings are raised on plastic sheets upon which soil is spread and can be transplanted within 14 days of sprouting. Forty per cent of water can be saved under the method.

Mechanised farming comes of age
The Hindu | October 7, 2012 (Visakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh, India)

Naira Agricultural College is keen to create awareness about the mechanised farming to reduce the expenditure on labour and ensure higher yielding in future. Labour cost has gone up to Rs.7,000 per acre with the non-availability of agricultural labourers, thanks to decent wages being paid under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (MGNREGP).

SRI Method Changing The Fortune Of Farmers In Bihar
S.N. Singh, | September 30, 2012 (Bihar, India)

Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar has launched a SRI campaign to create more awareness about this scientific method and to encourage farmers to adopt it. Sumant Kumar, a farmer in Darveshpura village in Nalanda district, had made a “world record” in December 2011 by producing 224 quintals of paddy per hectare using the SRI method.

Organic SRI motivates seed production by small farmers
M.J. Prabhu, The Hindu | September 20, 2012 (Pudukkottai district, Tamilnadu, India)

At a time when farmers are heavily depending on State owned seed corporations and private seed companies for their seed needs every cropping season, a group of organic farmers in Nallangalpatti village in Tamil Nadu is engaged in a silent revolution to completely reverse the situation through collective action. They are not only involved in producing their own seeds and exchanging it among themselves, but also supplying the seeds to Government owned seed farms.

Farmers make the most of rain, go in for direct sowing
The Hindu | September 6, 2012 (Thanjavur district, Tamilnadu, India)

Cultivation to be carried out using community nurseries and SRI method. With government giving thrust to direct sowing in Cauvery delta districts as part of the special package for samba, farmers of Thanjavur district have gone for direct sowing at many places utilising the widespread rainfall recorded in the district.

School drop-out helps preserve traditional paddy seeds
M.J. Prabhu, The Hindu | April 16, 2012 (Tiruvarur district, Tamilnadu, India)

The State Government conferred the best Organic Farmer on R. Jayaraman. From that day, he started locating several traditional paddy varieties in the coastal districts as well as in other parts of Tamil Nadu and documenting information about them. He identified about 15 traditional paddy varieties and started growing all of them on the donated farm.

Power weeder, a boon to Tirunelveli farmers
P. Sudhakar, The Hindu | August 13, 2012 (Turinelveli district, Tamilnadu, India)

At a time when the farmers are struggling to find manpower to work in their fields after the free rice scheme and National Rural Employment Guarantee Programmes were introduced, the power weeder introduced by the Department of Agriculture in this agrarian district have become a boon for landowners.

ICM’s economic viability makes Kerala accept this technology
M.J. Prabhu, The Hindu | August 2, 2012 (Pathanamthitta district, Kerala, India)

Paddy cultivation is fast becoming less remunerative for farmers owing to high cultivation cost coupled with labour scarcity. This is forcing many farmers to leave their fields fallow. “Introduction of suitable locally adoptable technology like integrated crop management (ICM) would be an ideal option to make paddy cultivation more remunerative.

'Water-guzzler' tag washed off paddy
Surinder Maan, Hindustan Times | July 10, 2012 (Punjab, India)

Paddy, so far a water-guzzling crop behind the diving groundwater level in Punjab, has tuned a new leaf in the hands of progressive farmers. Water, fertilisers, and pesticides-the new formula saves the biggest indiscriminate inputs in the traditional farming of rice. Thanks to some young development officers in the agriculture department, tillers also have the SRI (system of rice intensification) mantra.

SRI method of paddy sowing may be answer to depleting groundwater
The Indian Express | June 29, 2012 (Punjab, India)

A handful of agricultural scientists in Punjab may have found a solution to the problem of the state’s rapidly lowering groundwater level. Groundwater in Punjab, over-exploited during the paddy sowing season, has reached dangerous lows. The answer to this may be in the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), a new method of paddy sowing that could save huge amount of water that is required for the usual method of sowing.

Growing rice faster by system rice intensification method is here
Rajendra P. Kerkar, Times of India | June 29, 2012 (Goa, India)

Krishi Vigyan Kendra agronomists attached to the Indian Council of Agriculture Research, Old Goa, and priests of Pilar society, Bhironda, are jointly involved in the experiment of growing rice by using the system rice intensification (SRI) methodology at the Jogati nature farm situated on the banks of the Mhadei river in Sattari taluka.

Farmers burn own paddy after low yield - Peasants blame new mode of cultivation
The Telegraph India | June 15, 2012 (Dhalpara Village, West Bengal, India)

Around 25 farmers burnt their own crop of paddy in a village in Hili yesterday, angry that a new cultivation technique supervised by the agriculture department had failed to match their expectation of rice yield. According to the district agriculture department, the farmers of Dhalpara village were told to use the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) technique for cultivation.

Power-operated weeder to reduce farmers' burden
The Hindu | May 11, 2012 (Tiruchi, Tamilnadu, India)

The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University's Agricultural Engineering College at Kumulur has designed a power-operated weeder to clear weeds in fields. Weeds pose a problem to farmers and affect crop yield and productivity. Every farmer has to incur a huge expenditure for clearing weeds. In case of a few crops like paddy, the clearing of weeds has been a recurring phenomenon.

Nanjai Kalikurichi villagers voluntarily switch to SRI method
The Hindu | May 11, 2012 (Kumulur, Tamilnadu, India)

The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University's Agricultural Engineering College at Kumulur has designed a power-operated weeder to clear weeds in fields. Weeds pose a problem to farmers and affect crop yield and productivity. Every farmer has to incur a huge expenditure for clearing weeds. In case of a few crops like paddy, the clearing of weeds has been a recurring phenomenon.

Popular SRI mode: Ponnala
Deccan Chronicle | April 7, 2012 (Warangal district, Andhra Pradesh, India)

In a novel move planned to cut down on water wastage, constant problems being faced by farmers from reduced power supply and poor monsoon ahead for kharif, the agricultural department has been specifically told to popularise and take up System of Rice Intensification (SRI) on a war-footing.

Paddy yield doubled in district this season
M. Balaganessin, The Hindu | March 29, 2012 (Tiruchi district, Tamilnadu, India)

The district has registered a higher yield in paddy this season, thanks to good irrigation practices and partly due to the system of rice intensification . The district's yield has nearly doubled this season. Against 4,503 kg per hectare, the yield this year stood at 8,046 kg, said J.Sekar, Joint Director of Agriculture, Tiruchi.

SKDRDP to popularise SRI method of paddy cultivation
The Hindu | March 4, 2012 (Udupi district, Karnataka, India)

Vijaykumar Naganala, project officer, Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP), said on Friday that SKDRDP was trying to popularise the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method of paddy cultivation among small farmers in Udupi district.

Grain of gain in rebel den, 4 districts on radar
Animesh Bisoee, The Telegraph India | February 29, 2012 (Jamshedpur, India)

Innovative rice farming ensures food security in West Singhbhum.

Scientific methods of spell boom for farmers
Gautam Sarkar, The Telegraph India | February 5, 2012 (Bihar, India)

Lal Bahadur Singh, a farmer at Saarath village, is reaping a bumper harvest, courtesy the Village Development Programme launched by Nabard, Bhagalpur. Till 2010, he used to yield 30-32 quintals of paddy or wheat from one acre. Today, the produce has increased to 54-56 quintal per acre and he credits the improvement to the application of system of rice intensification (SRI) and system of wheat intensification (SWI) methods.

Farmers reap rewards of SRI cultivation
The Hindu | January 31, 2012 (Kochi, Kerala, India)

The songs of harvest resounded through paddy fields of Mulanthuruthy on Monday as a group of women under the Kudumbasree group ‘Chaitanya' began harvesting paddy in 10 acres of leased land.

Jharkhand CM aims agri-budget, high output
The Telegraph | January 6, 2012 (Ranchi, Jharkhand, India)

Addressing a seminar on System of Rice Intensification (SRI) organised by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard), Arjun Munda pointed out that rice procurement centres had met with positive response from farmers in Jharkhand.

Food Security Mechanism won't work unless productivity raised: CM
Daily Pioneer | January 6, 2012 (Ranchi, Jharkhand, India)

Speaking at a seminar organised by the National Bank for Rural and Agriculture Development on Friday the CM lauded the role of System of Rice Intensification (SRI), adopted in the State couple of years back by the bank on a pilot basis in motivating the production of paddy. "Food security can be a reality only if production is there. We have to ensure in the next five years that Jharkhand does not remain a food deficient State. I have instructed the officials to prepare a road map for the next five years in advance and also prepare a separate agri-budget," said Arjun Munda.

SRI News | Year 2011

Tamilnadu Government launches 'Sustainbale Sugarcane Initiative'
Business Line | November 23, 2011 (Chennai, Tamilnadu, India)

The Tamil Nadu Government has launched Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative, aimed at promoting a novel cultivation system to enhance crop productivity and efficiency in sugarcane.

SRI method yields rich dividends
Mallikarjuna Hosapalya, Deccan Herald | November 15, 2011 (Gollahalli, Tumkur, Karnataka, India)

Farmers from Gollahallu village have realised the importance of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), which helps them save water and labour.

Theni farmers reaping benefits of SRI technique
The Hindu | November 5, 2011 (Theni, Tamilnadu, India)

Adoption of System of Rice Intensification method in paddy cultivation has helped farmers in the district get bumper yield this year. Harvest is in full swing. Kuruvai variety of paddy crop was cultivated in 6,562 hectares in Cumbum, Uthamapalayam, Chinnamanur, Bodi and Theni blocks using Periyar water for irrigation.

Farmers take to SRI in dry regions (in the district to the drought-hit list)
U.M. Mahesh, Deccan Herald | October 15, 2011 (Mandya, Karnataka, India)

The district known for its produce of sugar and also a beneficiary of river Cauvery has now suffered severely due to lack of rainfall. The government has ordered the inclusion of seven taluks in the district to the drought-hit list.

Agriculture department to adopt 84 villages for promoting SRI method
S. Ganesan, The Hindu | October 13, 2011 (Tiruchi, Tamilnadu, India)

The Agriculture Department would adopt 84 villages in the district to promote the system of rice intensification (SRI) technique in paddy cultivation during the samba and thaladi seasons this year. One assistant agriculture officer would be assigned to each of these villages to ensure that the entire paddy area in the adopted villages were brought under the SRI, without any omission, Agriculture Department officials told.

Farmers adopt new method to grow rice with less water
Ngondi Mburu, Business Daily Africa | September 21 2011 (Africa)

A farmer prepares land to grow rice through the paddy system in Nyando District. This method requires continuous flooding unlike the SRI, which only needs sufficiently moist soils or alternate wetting and drying, sharply reducing water use.

Govt. ignores high rice production method
The Himalayan Times | July 13, 2011 (Nepal)

The government has ignored System of Rice Intensification (SRI), which can double rice production and maintain food security situation in the country.

A rich harvest for Nallur's farmers
K. Narasimha Murthy, Deccan Herald | June 22, 2011 (Nallur, Karnataka, India)

After Nallur’s farmers took up the SRI method of paddy cultivation, resources such as water and labour have been saved, while the yield has increased.


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