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INDIA: Scientist Helps 50k Farmers Switch To 'Madagascar Method', Increase Yield By 50%

INDIA: Scientist Helps 50k Farmers Switch To 'Madagascar Method', Increase Yield By 50% | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

The People's Science Institute (PSI), a non-profit research and development organisation, has helped close to 50,000 farmers switch from conventional farming methods to SRI in the last 15 years.  In 2006, Debashish Sen, director of PSI, and his team of agri-experts began training farmers based in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh in the SRI technique.  In MP’s Shahpur Khurd village, Kavita Singh tells The Better India, “Initially, I was hesitant to adopt a new technique that required planting fewer crops. I thought it would be a waste of space, in addition to being more labour intensive. But the staggering results painted a different picture...”

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MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA: Farmers claim superior mustard yields with new cultivation method

MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA: Farmers claim superior mustard yields with new cultivation method | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

"At a time when the centre is mulling whether to allow transgenic technology to improve yields of mustard, farmers from several states have claimed superior yields by growing traditional mustard varieties using a new method of cultivation. Known as system of mustard intensification (SMI), the technology which essentially advocates a radically different package of practices, has earlier been successfully tried in crops like rice and wheat. The technology, which is also known as system of root intensification (SRI), involves planting saplings at a wide distance from each other, using less water and seeds and creating soil conditions which are aerated and microbe-friendly.

In Umariya district of Madhya Pradesh, the SMI process has yielded between 4 to 5.7 tonnes per hectare of mustard and nearly 10,000 farmers in the district have shifted to this new method of cultivation..."

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MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA: Building climate resilience

MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA: Building climate resilience | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

In distressed situations of drought and floods, tribal farmers of southern Bundelkhand region illustrated that System of Crop Intensification, an agro ecological method, helps build climate resilience. The socio-technical approach based on building upon the traditional knowledge and innovative capacities of farmers, proved to be effective in building climate resilient cropping systems.

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Seema Ravandale, Vinod Niranjan, and Debashish Sen. 2017. Building climate resilience. LEISA INDIA 19(2): 5-9. June.

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MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA: Assessment of planting geometry in rice under system of rice intensification (SRI).

MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA: Assessment of planting geometry in rice under system of rice intensification (SRI). | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

  On farm trials were conducted at farmers field in Umaria district during kharif seasons of 2014-15 and 2015-16 at three different locations under real farm situations prevailing spacing of 25 cm ×25 cm (T2), 20 cm ×20 cm (T3) 'and farmers practices (randomly dense planted, T1) was treated as control for the comparison. The result of on farm testing (OFT) shown a greater impact on farmer's economy due to significant increase in crop yield more almost two fold over FP (T1), the economics and benefit cost ratio of RS. 58111/ha was recorded net profit under 25 cm ×25 cm spacing followed by Rs. 48828/ha under 20 cm ×20 cm spacing as compared to Rs. 25008/ha under FP. Benefit cost ratio was 3.41 under T2 followed by 2.92 under T3, while it was 2.15 under T1. By conducting OFT of proven technologies, yield potential and net income from SRI system of rice cultivation can be enhanced to a great extent with increase in the income level of the farming community of the district.

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Tiwari, B. K., et al. 2017. Assessment of planting geometry in rice under system of rice intensification (SRI). Plant Archives 17(2): 1693-1696.

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INDIA: System of root intensification increases mustard yield

New Delhi, Aug 31 - The system of root intensification (SRI) has helped farmers increase significantly yield of mustard, experts said today, claiming that extensive use of the technique could bring down the country's growing edible oil import bill.

The technique adopted by some farmers in Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand has led to as high as 57 quintal per hectare yield of mustard, said Kavitha Kuruganthi of the Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA). A deputy director of Madhya Pradesh's Agriculture Department, Rajesh Tripathi, said that the experiment has shown promising results in Umaria and Balaghat districts where it has been adopted by thousands of farmers. "We invited five farmers who used SRI technique to grow mustard and rice to train farmers. Now, this technique is being practised in 10 districts of the state," he said.  India imports rapeseed-mustard worth Rs 70,000 crore annually which could be substantially brought down by putting in an effective extension system to promote SRI technique to increase yield in the country, Kuruganti said.

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MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA: Getting More from Less: System of Rice Intensification

MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA: Getting More from Less: System of Rice Intensification | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

When an innovation does not arise out of a research laboratory or available scientific models, it is often met with indifference and opposition from the scientific community. And yet there are scientists who responded positively to this technique, all across from China to Gambia. These are scientists who were open to working with farmers and NGOs; and aware that the work in research stations is just not enough; and on-farm experience is as essential. From the farmer’s side, there was always a dire need to harvest more from less.

Even in its presentation, SRI is conceived not as a technology, but as a methodology based on a set of ideas that can be and is being translated into practice. It’s not so much as doing something new, as much as doing the same thing differently. And it enables smallholder farmers all over the world to get more from less. It’s proponents say that it’s still a work in progress, and is continuously being adapted for diverse environments.

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