- T.M. Thiyagarajan Wins Lifetime Achievement Award at Agri Expo for Work with SRI
[March 2014] A lifetime achievement award was presented to Dr. T. M. Thiyagarajan on December 22, 2013, by the leading Tamil daily Dinamalar during Agri Expo 2014 in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. The award was given for initiating research on the System of Rice Intensification and introducing it in Tamil Nadu, where farmers have benefited greatly from adopting SRI methods. Thiyagarajan is on the AME Foundation Board of Trustees, former Director of Bengaluru Centre for Soil and Crop Management Studies, and former dean of Coimbatore Agricultural College and Research Institute, Killikulam, at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. See also video of Thiyagarajan receiving the Lifetime Award and an article, My Destiny, My Profession, that he wrote about his life's work.
- Tripura Gets Krishi Karman Award for Food-Grain Production; SRI Credited for Progress Toward Self-Sufficiency
[February 15, 2014] According to a TNT article, Tripura was awarded the Krishi Karman award for food-grain production in category III states with total food-grain production less than 1 million tons. President Pranab Mukherjee presented the award to the Tripura agriculture minister Aghore Debbarma on February 10 in New Delhi. The state achieved a net production of 7.25 MT food-grains against a requirement of 8.54 MT. Debbarma said that the state has achieved commendable development in food-grain production, especially with the adoption of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI). The agriculture minister further noted that the state is confident of reaching the target production by the next three years. (See article for details.)
- Erode Farmer Wins Special Award for Highest SRI Yield in Tamil Nadu
[January 27, 2014] As part of the Republic Day celebrations on January 26, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa presented a special award to a farmer who obtained the highest yield using SR in the state. N. Parameswaran, from Nasiyanur village, Erode district, Tamil Nadu, received the special award for his SRI yield 6,110 kg/acre. The award included 5 lakh rupees in cash and a medal worth 3,500. (See New Indian Express article).
- Karur District Man Wins Best Farmer Award from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
[January 20, 2014] Software Engineer-turned-farmer Shri G. Karikalan of Keelapatti village, Karur district, has been awarded the Velanmai Chemmal (Best Farmer) Award from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore during the farmers day function on January 11, 2014. According to J. Diraviam, KVK Karur programme coordinator, Karikalan received the award for his adoption and promotion of resource conservation technologies, particularly SRI and SSI technologies, and promoting a farmer producer company (FPO).
Since his adoption of SRI three years ago following a KVK training, there are now around 10 villages that have moved from conventional planting to with SRI methods; his own village has an impressive 80% adoption. Since 2011, Karikalan has also trained 25 women's groups in SRI methods, which has resulted in over 1000 ha of SRI-planted fields in Karur district during the past three years. He had also used the FPO for supply of quality inputs specifically conoweeders for the benefit of his fellow farmers. [source: Jan. 19 post by Diraviam on the SRI-India Google Group.]
- Prof. Shambu Prasad Wins Villgro Award 2013 for Social Entrepreneurship
[April 20, 2013] Prof. Shambu Prasad, Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, was awarded the Villgro Award 2013 for the Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem at the Sankalp Unconvention Summit 2013 held April 17-18 in Mumbai, India. Dr. Prasad was cited for contributions in the field of social entrepreneurship as an academician (CSIE-IITM Academic Contribution category).
- SRI Report Chronicles SRI Success in Manipur
[September 4, 2013] A recent report by Sunita Devi, a former Hubert Humphrey Fellow at Cornell University, documents how, after getting off to a slow start in 2007, SRI has now made its way into state policy, with the Government of Manipur making SRI a program of the Agriculture Department with a budget allocation. There are currently 26,321 acres under SRI cultivation which which grew from the original 60 acres that were planted during 2007. SRI was first introduced in Manipur by two extension officers of the Manipur's Agriculture Department, Mr. Th. Tomba Singh and Mr. S. Kennedy, after they attended a training programme at Hyderabad in 2005. With the support of Shamu Kabui, Director of Agriculture, Govt. of Manipur, they spent a year trying out SRI methods on their own homesteads. They subsequently convinced a farmer, O. Bamonjao of Bishnupur District, to try SRI on two acres, promising to compensate him fourfold for lost yield. Seeing potential success of SRI in Manipur, the Department of Agriculture published a handbook of SRI both in English and Manipuri [see photo at right with Devi, Kabui and Rajkumari (far right).] Devi credits Kabui and his "team of dedicated SRI soldiers" with popularizing SRI methods there, which has reported led to yield increases of 30 to 50 percent. [For details, see Sunita Devi's report.]
- SRI-India's Google Group Reports on the News
[July 6, 2013] SRI-India's Bimonthly Update is now available on the SDTT SRI website. The May-June Update, which is edited by Anibrata Biswas and published by the Livolink Foundation, includes news, reports, publication descriptions and interesting traffic from the discussion group over previous two months. The SRI-India discussion group, which is approaching 500 members and has carried nearly 3,000 posts since its inception, is intended to promote information and discussion among farmers, civil society practitioners, researchers and others interested in research and application of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) as a tool for attaining food security in India.
- Bihar: SRI Carries Out Large Scale SRI Campaign
[April 24, 2013] Bihar has been in the state, national and global news frequently of late regarding the accomplishments of Sumant Kumar, a farmer in Darveshpura village in Nalanda district, reported broke the world record in 2011 by producing 224 quintals of paddy per hectare using the SRI method (See Guardian article). Chief Minister Nitish Kumar launched a SRIvidhi mahaabhiyan (major campaign) in Patna on April 24 to create more awareness about SRI as a scientific method and to encourage farmers to adopt it. (Officials have renamed SRI to Srividhi, which means "method of prosperity.") The campaign targets millions of farmers to popularize SRI in its efforts to increase paddy rice production in the state by around 15% from around 8.7 million tons in 2012-13 to 10 million tons in 2013-14. Agriculture production commissioner Alok Kumar Sinha said that the SRI method is set to change the face of paddy cultivation in the state as thousands of farmers have been adopting it following encouraging results and its success. The Agriculture Department has developed an SRI logo, songs about SRI benefits in local languages, and a film to explain the SRI method. Bihar Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh said that farmers have achieved up to 40 percent more paddy yields by adopting the SRI method. (See Business Standard article and Oryza article for details.)
- LEISA India's March 2013 Issue: SRI, A scaling up success
One of the AgriCulture Network's magazines for Low External Input Sustainable Agriculture, LEISA India, is devoted to SRI (March 2013, volume 15 no.1). Articles cover SRI in India and Nepal as well as extending SRI principles to wheat (SWI) and to sugarcane (SSI). Opinions by leading SRI proponents in India and an interview with Norman Uphoff are also included in this edition. (The global version of ILEIA magazine, called Farming Matters (March 2013, volume 29, no.1), also contains two articles about SRI in India.)
- Bihar Rice Yields Gain Garner Award from Indian President and Praise from Nobel Laureate
Krishi Karman award: On Jan 16, 2013, President Pranab Mukherjee presented the Krishi Karman award to Bihar State for a significant increase in production of paddy in 2011-12. The 7.2 million tons produced was >50% more than the state’s previous highest yield of 4.6 million tons. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh accepted the award, which consisted of a trophy, a citation and INR 10,000,000 (US$184,000), on behalf of Bihar state at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. SRI methods, used on >300,000 hectares in the past season (about 12% of the paddy area), probably contributed about one-third of state’s increased production as the Bihar Department of Agriculture calculated an average SRI yield of 8.08 t/ha.
The President also presented individual awards to Sumant Kumar, a farmer from Darveshpura village in Nalanda district, for setting a new world record with production of 22.4 tons/hectare of paddy rice using SRI methods; and to Smt. Shanti Devi, a farmer from Naran village of Rohtas district, for her setting a record with the popular Swarna variety (MTU-7029) - 9.5 tons/hectare with SRI management, about 75% more than scientists’ expectation for this variety (See Jan. 16 Times of India article.)
Nobel laureate Stiglitz' visit: Inspired by the progressive farmers of Nalanda who catapulted the district on to the global agriculture map, Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz visited the farms in Nalanda that have been acknowledged worldwide for getting highest yield of paddy, onion and potato in recent times using the scientific method of SRI methods along with traditional bio-fertilizers. The noted author and economist visited organic farms at Sohdih and said the achievements of the farmers of the state and the district will definitely inspire farmers of other countries. (See Jan. 13 Times of India article.)
- Recent Publications Shed Light on the Progression of SRI in India
T. M. Thiyagarajan and Biksham Gujja wrote a 204 page publication entitled SRI - Transforming rice production with SRI (System of Rice Intensification) knowledge and practice. Published by the National Consortium of SRI (NCS) and the company AgSRI, it can be obtained from the AgSRI website.
A publication on the Impact of SRI in 13 States of India was completed in November 2012. It was undertaken by the IWMI - TATA Water Policy Program.
For 1999-2012 SRI activities, see SRI India Archives
- [See complete India Publications page]
- General articles, blog posts and reports (English)
- News Items (English)
- News and publications (Indian languages)
- Chronological listing of research papers about SRI in India
- Refworks India searchable database (note!! click on the "view button" at right of each entry to view link and metadata)
- Mendeley collection - join Mendeley to share your articles with our SRI Research Network and have access to bibliography of items on India as well items keyworded by subject matter.
- See all extension and practical manuals about SRI in India
- Practical information about SRI in India by language:
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- (See also videos with principles/instructions material and demonstrations of SRI methods.)
- (See also newsletters and bulletins)
- Stakeholders' Consultative Workshop
SRI as a Socio-technical Movement in India: Research with Wageningen University, Netherlands
August 2, 2013, Training Hall 2, Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
- SRI National Symposiums
2006 (Nov. 17-18, ANGRAU, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad), 2007 (Oct. 3-5, Agartala in Tripura), 2008 (Dec.1-3, TNAU, Coimbatore)
- National workshop on SRI
October 10, 2010 at the National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research in cooperation with the NGO PRADAN
- The International Symposium on System Intensification towards Food & Environmental Security
Feb 24- 27, 2011, Farmers' Training Centre (FTC- Lake Hall), Kalyani, Nadia, West Bengal, India
Organized by the Crop and Weed Science Society (CWSS), Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya (BCKV), NABARD, Kolkata
- National Colloquium on the System of
Crop Intensification (SCI)
March 1, 2011, organized by the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS), in Patna, Bihar State
- Status of SRI in India: Upscaling Strategy and Global Experience Sharing
March 3, 2011, at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) in New Delhi.
- SRI-India: Google Group created in 2007 to promote information and discussion amongst farmers, civil society practitioners, researchers and others interested SRI The majority of the traffic relates to SRI in India. To subscribe: see http://groups.google.com/group/sriindia or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SRI-Orissa - Google Group for supporting the learning alliance on SRI in Orissa. To subscribe: http://groups.google.com/group/sriorissa and follow the instructions, or send e-mail to: email@example.com (see also website)
- JAI SRI - a Google Group on System of Crop Intensification (SCI) and SRI by the Indian National Consortium on SRI (NCS), a network to enhance the science of SCI, improve cultivation practices, and engage in policy advocacy through learning and sharing. To subscribe: - https://groups.google.com/group/jaisri/subscribe or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- SSI (sugarcane): The Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI-India) is a Google Group created in 2009 to provide practical options to sugarcane farmers using practices based SRI principles as SRI. Traffic relates primarily to India. To subscribe: see SSI website (http://groups.google.com/group/SSI-India/) or send an e-mail to: SSI-India@googlegroups.com
- System of Rice Intensification (SRI) Programme "Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT) And Allied Trusts" (SDTT-SRI)
- WASSAN's SRI web page
- System of Rice Intensification - SRI-India (originally maintained by an ICRISAT/WWF program)
- System of Rice Intensification - Facebook SRI Group for primarily Indian topics
- (See listservs/groups for related groups)