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System of Rice Intensification (SRI): A New Hope for Farmers
Makarand Purohit, India Water Portal | February 8, 2015

System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method of farming can solve most of the government and farmers problem in the country. In Chhattisgarh, if government supports this system then both government and farmers can reap huge benefits.

Fair and Good. Rice for a Better Life
Helvetas Youtube | January 21, 2014

Where does the fairtrade Basmati rice sold by Coop come from? Yves Farine, winner of our Clip award 2012, travelled to Northern India and is answering this question in his short film.

SRI VARI SAAGU – SastriyaSutralu, SaaguPrakriyalu” (“SRI – Principles and Practices”)

Drawing from the field experiences and footage of WASSAN, the video has 8 modules providing the basic overview (1st module) and details of practices (7 modules). The video is menu-driven and there is an option of seeing the modules independently.

The film is an explanation and narrative with visuals by practicing farmers on field. It is prepared as a training resource material with support from WWF-ICRISAT project. It provides rationale, detailed tips, dos and don’ts in each of the SRI practice, mainly covering irrigated rice situation.

More copies can be made available on request at a nominal reproduction cost of Rs 100 each. If needed, it may be copies for use in the field.

Rice farming in India: 'Now I produce enough food for my family' – video
Guardian UK | March 5, 2013

Amar Singh Patel, a small-scale farmer in Chhattisgarh, India, explains the impact of using the System of Rice Intensification on his crops. Although a Chinese scientist has questioned claims of record harvests in the neighbouring state of Bihar, Amar Singh says he now produces enough rice to feed his family from only 1.5 acres of land.

Tata Steel Pragati : Tata Steel promotes Farmers Training on SRI method of cultivation
Pragati Odisha, Youtube | November 23, 2012

Tata steel has played an important role in the economic development of Orissa. The company, which has more than a century old relationship with Orissa, has always led stress on agricultural development along with site industrialization. Orissa project, a unit of Tata Steel rural development society (TSRDS), has undertaken extensive programs in this direction. Tata Steel promotes Farmers Training on SRI method of cultivation.

Dr. Biksham Gujja's interview on his work reducing water consumption in Indian agriculture during CBD COP - 11
Vimeo | October 28, 2012

Dr. Biksham Gujja’s recent interview during CBD COP11 (Date 18/10/2012) on his work reducing water consumption in Indian agriculture. Dr. Biksham explains that, as a Hyderabad resident and sustainable development professional, he came to COP11 to listen and to see friends in the sector. He has low expectations in terms of policy outcomes, but he is optimistic that the conference will have a positive impact on Andhra Pradesh state and India more widely. He describes the work of his organisation, AgSri, seeking to reduce water use in Indian agriculture. He explains that agriculture accounts for 80 – 85% of water consumption India so a small reduction in water use could have a large impact. He explains that his business started by developing simple techniques to reduce water consumption when growing rice. He states that about one million farmers in India now use these techniques.

SRI Dhaan- A film on System of Rice Intensification (SRI) - ASSAM
Jajaboree Productions | October 5, 2012

'SRI Dhaan' is a film that would be used primarily as part of a training module for 'System of Rice Intensification' or SRI. The film focuses on the scientific attributes of SRI, its benefits and implications. 'SRI Dhaan' also tries to bring forth the experiences of the practicing farmers who have reaped the benefits of SRI across different communities residing in Bongaigaon - Chirang region of Western Assam.

Farmers' Experience about SRI in Gujarat
Sachin Patwardhan's Youtube | November 26, 2011

A farmer from Dharampur block in Gujarat narrating his experiences about System of Rice Intensification in his native Konkana language.


SRI - Challenging Traditions, Transforming Lives
Gautam Chintamani's Youtube | August 19, 2009

A revolutionary method, System of Rice Intensification (SRI) requires almost no standing water for paddy to grow and is fast transforming the rice cultivation. Developed by a French priest Henri De Launi in the 1980's in Madagascar, SRI not only uses almost half of the water required but drastically reduces the physical labor associated with rice farming besides increasing the yield by almost one and a half times. For a country like India rice is more than just a mere crop. There are myths attached to its cultivation. While SRI offers an alternate and a very sustainable method of growing rice it also battles hard with the age-old traditional approach of growing rice. The perils of global warming, the drying up of perennial rivers and the excessive use of fertilizers pose numerous threats to rice cultivation; making life very hard for the humble farmer. SRI offers a workable solution to all problems related to traditional rice cultivation. ‘SRI- Challenging Tradition, Transforming Lives’ looks at how SRI is helping the modern farmer cultivate India's traditional crop without the burden that it had become. In addition the film highlights the transformation in the lives of millions of women who toil the hardest in Indian farmers thanks to SRI reducing the need for manual labor. To its critics the System of Rice Intensification might not be the greatest thing but the fact that SRI significantly reduces the demand for water for rice cultivation makes it worthwhile in the current scenario of the world.


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