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System of crop intensification for more productive, resource-conserving, climate-resilient, and sustainable agriculture: experience with diverse crops in varying agroecologies

System of crop intensification for more productive, resource-conserving, climate-resilient, and sustainable agriculture: experience with diverse crops in varying agroecologies | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

[This article has been made open-access by SRI-Rice] "The ideas and methods of the system of rice intensification which is improving irrigated rice production are now being extended/adapted to many other crops: wheat, maize, finger millet, sugarcane, tef, mustard, legumes, vegetables, and even spices. Promoting better root growth and enhancing the soil’s fertility with organic materials are being found effective means for raising the yields of many crop plants with less water, less fertilizer, reduced seeds, fewer agrochemicals, and greater climate resilience. In this article, we review what is becoming known about various farmer-centred innovations for agroecological crop management that can contribute to agricultural sustainability. These changes represent the emerging system of crop intensification, which is being increasingly applied in Asian, African, and Latin American countries.

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Adhikari, Prabhakar, et al. 2017. System of crop intensification for more productive, resource-conserving, climate-resilient, and sustainable agriculture: experience with diverse crops in varying agroecologies. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability (Online first Nov. 20, 2017) 1-28.

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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: 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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