November 18, 2012

2012: Highlight # 44

Do SRI field projects achieve the high productivity gains promised by its proponents? Sinha and others review the experience of SDTT and present field results from Nayagadh, Odisha...

Experience of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and the Allied Trusts in Promoting System of Rice Intensification (SRI)

What the results indicate

Biswanath Sinha, Tushar Dash and Ashutosh Pal

System of Rice Intensification (SRI) represents a package of agronomic practices aimed at increasing irrigated paddy yields with minimal cash inputs. Proponents of SRI claim that adoption enhances the productivity of land, labor, water and capital. Since 2006-07, Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and the Allied Trusts have been supporting adoption of SRI through its various partners in more than 100 districts under the SDTT-SRI initiative. This highlight presents results from intensive monitoring and data collection across four cropping seasons in the Nayagadh district of Odisha.

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