State Level Symposium On SRI (System of Rice Intensification) Organized by: RGVN (Rashtriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi) Sponsored by: SDTT (Sir Dorabji Tata Trust), Mumbai Venue: IIBM, Khanapara, Gu wahati th Date: 19 February, 2009A REPORTBACKGROUNDA State Level Sy mp osium on SRI (Sy stem of Rice Intensification) was organized byRGVN and sp onsored by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, M umbai at Indian Institute of Bank thManagement, Guwahati on February 19 , 2009. A total of forty organizations fromdifferent p arts of Assam p articip ated in the S mp osium. This was in connection with the yone y ear p ilot project sp onsored by SDTT, Mumbai and imp lemented by RGVN alon gwith its 20 p artner organizations. The objective of the p roject was to render technicalsupp ort and demonstration to the small and marginal farmers about SRI and thereby toattain the sustainable livelihood. The main objective of the project was: • To increase the food grain p roduction of the state, • Adoption of SRI by at least 1000 farmers of Assam, • Creation of a talent p ool of 10 master trainers all over Assam. • Influence state agricultural policy for p romoting the extension of the SRI technique.ISS UESRGVN has organized the state wise symp osium to discuss some issues that have crop p edup during imp lementation. The aim was to share the learnin gs amon g the p artners andstrategise for the future ensuring the stakeholdin g of all p lay ers. The main issues are asfollows- • In sp ite of encouragin g result of the pilot p roject in terms of boosting p roduction to 2-3 times, most farmers thinks that, cultivation under SRI in Sali (winter paddy ) is difficult, because it is not an easy task to manage water in the regions like Assam where heavy rainfall occurs and more than half of the total cultivable areas are flood prone. • Providing irrigation facilities to the SRI farmers is going to be a p oint of concern as with this facilities farmers will be ab le to go for SRI cultivation in boro (summer) and ahu (autumn) season. All the stake holders includin g state govern ment need to think on it to make these facilities easily accessible to the farmers.
• Most of the farmers now understand the imp ortance of bio fertilizer, bio pesticides and organic cultivation. But, these things are not available to the farmers. There is a n eed to p romote reliable source of b io fertilizer, b io p esticides, organ ic manures, vermin-compost for the use of farmers adopting SRI. • Farmers need some incentives in terms of seeds, fertilizers, good quality weeders, Manual Sp ray er for effective control of p est and diseases in time.INAUGURAL S ESS IONAt the very beginnin g of the sy mp osium Ms. Aneeta Dutta of RGVN lit the inaugurallamp and Dr. Amiy a Kr Sharma, Executive Director; RGVN gav e the welcome address.In his inaugural sp eech Dr. Sharma referred to Vision 2020 and said that India needs tobe to be a develop ed country by 2020. India can grow at 9% rate, Assam needs to keep upwith the national growth rate. Assam is growin g at 4% growth rate whereas the need is togrow at 14% to keep up p ace. In the economy of Assam, weightage of agriculture ingrowth rate is 40% and 29% rice consump tion comes from outside. Assam has toincrease p roduction by adop ting SRI in an extensive manner and mission mode. Theimp ortance of SRI is the of gainin g more p rofit by incurring less external inp ut in termsof seeds, fertilizer, water etc.The first session of the day started with Chairp erson Dr. Jay anta M adhab inaugurating thesession with a few words on the resp onsibility of p artner organizations to change thestandard of living of the small and marginal farmin g commun ity of the state.A traditional welcome was accorded to Dr. Jay anta M adhab, Shri Biswanath Sinha, Sr.Program Officer, SDTT, M umbai, Dr. B. C. Barah, Principal Scientist, NCAP (ICAR),New Delhi, Shri Baharul Islam Mazumdar, Sr. Agronomist, SARS, Trip ura withAssamese Gamocha and bouquet. All the p articipants introduced themselves b eforebeginning of the technical discussion.AGRICULTURE MINIS TER’S ADDRESS Agricu lture Minister Honorable Smt Pramilaran i Brah ma jo ined the session, afterfelicitation and she addressed the gatherin g. She said that dep artment of agriculture, govt.of Assam has undertaken SRI as d emonstration in 13 districts of Assam and the resultsare encouragin g. She exp ressed keenness in p romoting SRI all ov er Assam and therebyimp roving the livin g standard of the farmers of Assam. She also mentioned that she isvery happy to learn about the p ilot p roject on SRI done by RGVN in 21 districts ofAssam. She su ggested that government alone cannot do any thing. Rather, the govt. andnon-govt. agencies all have to join h ands for the betterment of the common p eop le.Executive Director of RGVN had a short presentation of activities of RGVN and SRIpilot p roject. He stressed on the encouragin g outcome of the p ilot project and p otentialityof SRI in the north eastern states esp ecially in Assam. He again urged the partnerorgan izations to take SRI in a mission mode to make the state self sufficient in foodgrains production.
Shri Biswanath Sinha, Senior Pro gram Officer, SDTT p resented National Scen ario onSRI and the SDTT’s initiative to p romote SRI all over India. He said that SDTT isworking towards p romotion of SRI to achieve food security at household level and inareas where there are more small and marginal farmers. He highlighted on the majorissues and challen ges and said that in 2008 major play ers on SRI hav e set a target of 5million hectares under SRI. He insisted on decentralized mechanism for cross learnin gand an alliance of agencies on SRI. He also mentioned that SDTT is working on the id eaof setting up a n ational SRI secretariat for takin g up all issues in more comp rehensivemanner.Shri B aharul Islam Mazumdar, Sr. Agronomist, dep tt of agriculture, govt. of Trip urapresented the SRI success story of Trip ura. He highlighted on role of government andPanchayati Raj Institutions for large scale adop tion of SRI in Tripura. He said that, SRIwas adop ted first in 2002-2003 with 44 farmers and cov erin g on ly 8.8 hectares and todayit has crossed 2,50,000 numbers of farmers covering 50,000 hectares. He mentioned thatimp ortance of SRI is for future food and water crisis and adoption in a large scale tomitigate the shortage in food grain availability.Dr. Pradip Kumar Bora of Assam Agricu ltural University, Jorhat talked on the basicprincip les of SRI and SRI sy nergy for better productivity of rice.RGVN p artner organizations namely, Shri Sarat Das (Grameen Sah ara, Kamrup), ShriMuktaram Nath (farmer, Sipajhar), shared some exp eriences of Sali paddy and theproblems encountered and suggested way s to overcome those problems. Shri AswiniBhattacharjy a (PRADAN) who has cultivated 90 bighas said that he was able to workwith the govt dep artments and was able to mak e all the p lay ers come together.He saidthat initially in the BTAD area it had been difficult to convince the farmers about SRI.POS T LUNCH S ESSIONIn the after-lunch session, in absence of Director, Agriculture, Mr. C. Hazarika, JointDirector, Agricu lture, was p resent and he talked on State govern ment’s initiative inpromoting SRI in Assam. He mentioned that state govt. is p romoting SRI in someselected districts and different stake holders of SRI can be includ ed as funds have b eenallotted under training and exp osure visit under the dep artment of agriculture. He saidthat the Government alone cannot do anything, all that who are related in the ruraldevelopment venture should join hands to up scale SRI in the state.Shri Bhaskar Jyoti M ahanta, convener, NECR informed that they are p romoting SRI inDergaon and Golaghat area in collaboration with dep artment of agriculture, govt ofAssam. A farmers’ exp osure trip to Trip ura had also b een sp onsored by NEDFi andorgan ized by NECR and RGVN, he said.
Panel DiscussionHow to scale up SRI in the Assam and build synergy among all thestakeholders of Government, Financial institutions, Donors, Universities,NGOs, CBOs and Farmers’ bodies.There was a panel d iscussion on “how to scale up SRI in Assam and build sy nergyamon g all the stake holders of gov ernment, finan cial institutions, donors, universities,NGOs, CBOs and farmers’ bodies. The discussion was moderated by Biswanath Sinh a ofSDTT Other p anelists were Dr. B. C. Barah, NCAP (ICAR), Dr. Amiy a Kr Sharma, ED,RGVN, Dr. D. N. Dutta, NEDFi, Prof. M adhurjy a Bezbarua, Agro Econo mist, GuwahatiUniversity , Baharul Islam Mazumdar, Sr Agronomist, SARS, Trip ura, Ravindran ath,Director, RVC, Dr R K Thakuria, KVK, Nalb ari, Mr. C. Hazarika, JD Agriculture, Dr.Nazrul Kazi, rep resentative from Sadou A xom Pathar Parichalana Samity and Dr. Jay antaMadhab. The panel discussion emphasized on formation of state level committee toformulate a strategy for SRI p romotion in Assam.Chairp erson RGVN Dr Jay anta M adhab said that there was the p roblem of findin gsuitable markets if the p roduction increases, also the humidity factor in Assam had to beconsidered so that SRI p roduction is not affected.Shri BC Borah was of the op inion that the p roduction level in Assam is low and thereforesuch p roduction techniques would help boost p roduction. The sustainability of SRI in thelong run should be considered. He spoke about the exp erien ces of states such as TamilNadu and the role of Basix in Bihar in the promotion of SRI. Govt p rogrammes such asNREGA and the Food Security M ission should tie up with SRI p roduction.Dr Nazrul Kazi of the Sadou A xom Pathar Parich alan a Samity said that this techniquecould be easily adop ted by farmers and agricu lture dep artment should also render h elp .Mr. C. Hazarika, JD Agriculture informed that the demonstration and train in g fund couldbe used for train in g of farmers in SRI. He said that a trainer could b e trained in everyvillage for SRI. The A gricu lture Dep artment could make p lans for this. Dr R K Thakuria,KVK, Nalbari said that the village lev el gram sevak could b e trained in this regard. InNalbari district, the Krishi Vigy an Kendra is aware of SRI and VLEWs have b eenhelp ing farmers. Other districts should also take this up . Shri Keshab Saikia, ExecutiveEngineer (Agri), stressed up on the imp ortance of mechanization and said the govt isalready supp lying p ower tillers and tractors at a subsidized rate. These can also besupp lied in SRI areas.Shri Ravindranath from RVC said that it was imp ortant to take the learnings from thefield to the SRI p rogramme. Indigenous techniques should be documented. He also saidthat aromatic flavours had much more demand for the exp ort markets and hence, it was
also important that such seeds should be used. Technology should be used to combat thehumidity factor. An organisation such as RVC could take up training of VLEWs and alsonetwork with DRDAs and the Agriculture d ep artments in Dhemaji, Lakh imp ur and otherneighbourin g districts. Promotion of SRI though the traditional councils could be doneand this would definitely influences the farmers in the area. He also suggested thattraining manuals be mad e availab le in the lo cal lan guage.Dr DN Dutta, NEDFi stressed up on the imp ortance of sy nergy at all levels and said thatNEDFi is interested in p lay ing an imp ortant role in SRI. An exp osure trip had alreadybeen sp onsored by NEDFi and arranged by RGVN in this regard.Mr Bezbaruah, agro economist said that it was important to deal with the issue of p ostharvest p rocurement, storage, mark eting and extension services. Such p roblems hadcropp ed up in Dhubri dist where the yield was much higher.Shri Bah arul Islam stressed on the imp ortance of formin g a Core Committee forimp lementation and a State level steering committee to influence p olicy making at thestate level.At the end of the discussion Shri Biswanath Sinh a summed up the discussions: • There should be sy nergy between all stakeholders in SRI • A Committee would be formed for imp lementation of SRI in Assam • Schemes under the agricu lture dep artment should be accessible to the farmers of SRI, hence there should be coordination with DRDAs and State Agriculture dep artments • Indigenous p ractices which help to boost p roduction should be documented. • Training manuals should be mad e in the local lan guagesShri B ezbaruah said that another discussion be held on the formation of the committeeand RGVN should organize this. ED RGVN agreed to this.Five farmers from different districts of Assam were felicitated and given certificate fromRGVN to encourage them.The sy mp osium came to an end with vote of thanks by Dr. Anil Kumar Pegu of RGVN.ANNEXURE 1Name and address of the participants of state level symposium on S RI 1. Dr. Jay anta M adhab, chair p erson, RGVN. 2. Shri Biswanath Sinha, Senior Pro gram Officer, SDTT, M umbai. 3. Dr. B. C. Barah, NCAP (ICAR), New Delhi. 4. Shri Baharul Islam M azumdar, Sr Agronomist, SARS, Trip ura. 5. Dr. Amiy a Kr Sharma, ED, RGVN, 6. Dr. D N Dutta, NEDFi 7. Aneeta Dutta, Coordinator (Resource Unit), RGVN.
8. Ramani Kanta Sarma,Coordinator ,SRI Unit9. Dr. Anil Kr. Pegu, Project Executive,RGVN10. Mr. Nibaran Medak,Project Executive,RGVN-SRI11. Jaideep Das, Coordinator NER, RGVN.12. Utp al Ranjan Dutta, Coordinator (HR & Admin), RGVN.13. Mr. Bhabesh Kalita,RGVN14. Ms. Gopa Talukdar,PE,RGVN15. Ms. Indrani Sharma,SPE,RG VN16. Ms. Priakshi,PE,RGVN17. Mr. Utpal Jy oti Choudhury ,SPE,RGVN18. Dhirendra Nath, master trainer, Nalbari. Ph : 94353 10135 (M)19. Kedar Deb, master trainer, Dashabandhu Club, C achar, Ph : 94013 75158 (M)20. Swap an Debnath, MDO, Basugaon, Chirang Ph : 98646 36679 (M ), 03661- 295517 (O), Email : mdo_n firstname.lastname@example.org. Bapp i Dey Sarkar, LSS, Nagriju li (Baksa), Ph : 98549 90628 (M )22. Dip ak Kr Sarma, Bardewp ar, Ph : 98644 06401(M )23. Dhiren Deka, CADAT, Sonitpur, Ph : 94359 19659 (M )24. Prem Newar, CADAT, Sonitp ur Ph : 98646 29327(M)25. Dip en Saikia, master trauiner, (RVC) Dhemaji. Ph: 99545 47771 (M ). Email: saikia.dip email@example.com. Sailendra Go goi, farmer, Dhemaji.27. Dip ankar Bora, master trainer, Golaghat (NEST), Ph: 94352 03057 (M )28. Kamal Uddin, Chan mari Youth Club, Karimganj, Ph: 94353 75985 (M )29. Mumai Pheiga, RNBA, Lan gol Tarung, P/O Lamp hel, Imp hal, Ph: 98621 8924730. Dr. M .G Liangkuwan g, RNBA, Imp hal, Ph: 98562 06236 (M)31. Aswini Bhattacharjy a, PRADAN, Bangaigaon, Email: aswinib123@y ahoo.com32. A. Zahir Chaudhury , DREAMS, Nalbari, Ph: 98596 90215 (M )33. Mainul Haque Chaudhury , DREAM S, Ph: 98543 18589 (M )34. Biswajit M azumdar, master trainer (G. Sahara), Kamrup , Ph: 98647 94892 (M )35. Madhav Ch. Das, Farmer, Chay gaon, Kamrup,36. Tabib Ali, Navap rabhat, Barama, Baksa, Ph: 98644 03623 (M)37. Robbie Ron gp i, JIROI (NGO), K. Anglong, Ph: 94355 79644 (M )38. Jy otish Ch Deka, C/O Dist. Agril Officer, Ulub ari, Kamrup , Ph: 247880339. Chandra Hazarika, J/Director of Agriculture (Extn), Directorate of agriculture, Khanapara, Ghy, Ph: 99545 95574 (M)40. Dr. R K Thakuria, SMS (Agron), KVK, Bariahtoli, P.O. Milanp ur, PIN- 781 337 Ph: 94350 85343 (M )41. Dwip en Baishy a, PGBK, Nalbari, PIN: 781 335 (M ), Email: mail2p ancharatna@y ahoo.com42. Sarat Das, CEO, Grameen Sahara, Cch ay gaon, Kamrup , Ph: 98649 83524 (M ), Email: grameensah firstname.lastname@example.org. Jay anta Deka, Kamalp ur Janapriy a Club, Kamrup , Ph: 98544 48241 (M )44. Amal Das, Kamalp ur J Club, Ph: 98648 20954 (M )45. Jy otish Kr Sarma, master trainer, ABITA gkup , Ph: 98643 68708 (M)46. Dr. P C Acharya, Director, ABITA gkup ,47. Manuj Barua, Green p ark Society , M origaon Ph: 99540 31906 (M )
48. Kabindra Deka, Farmer Duani M origaon. 49. Saifudd in Ahmed, master trainer, (Discovery Club), Kokrajhar, Ph: 94354 82078 50. Tap an Mahanta, REDA, Nagaon, 51. Ravindranath, Director, RVC, Dhemaji, Email: email@example.com Ph: 94350 89275 (M) 52. Diganta Kr Bordoloi, master trainer, (SATRA), Sip ajhar, Ph: 97076 05607 (M ) 53. Mukta ram Nath, Farmer, Sip ajhar, Darran g, 54. Ap al Das, ADO, Govt of Assam, Sidli, Ch irang Ph: 94350 23099 (M) 55. RahimUddin, C YC, Karimganj, Ph: 98643 13953 (M ), Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 56. Putul bora, Survey Beltola, Ph: 99541 52510 (M ) 57. Dr. Nazrul kazi, Ex-Secretary , SAPPS, Ph: 98645 65321 (M) 58. Sy ed J. Kazi, Member, SAPPS, Krishak Bhawan, Ulubari, Ghy -7 59. Saty aban Nath, Discovery Club, Kokrajhar 60. Himan gshu Nath, farmer, Kokrajhar, Ph: 99573 98488 (M ) 61. Anwar Hussain M azumdar, MACC, hailakandi, Ph: 94351 79308 (M) 62. Soneswar Dewri, master trainer, M origaon, Ph: 98590 72509 (M ) 63. Pradip Rajbangshi, Sank ardev M ission, kamrup , Ph: 97070 20817 (M) 64. Keshab Saik ia, Executive En gineer (Agri), khanap ara, Ph: 94351 62368 (M) 65. Bhaskar J. M ahanta, Convener, NECR, Email: mahantassam@ gmail.com Ph: 94357 38533 (M) 66. Manoj Sharma, Dip shikha RDO, Panitema, Kamrup , Ph: 99574 02611 (M ) 67. Mahibur Rehman, All Assam Labour Association, 68. Birendra Kr. Pathak, Sr. ADO (Extn), khanapara, Ghy 69. Hareswar Das ADO, Tezp urANNEXURE 2PROGRAMME SCHEDULE:First Se ssion:09.30 A.M. to 10.00 A.M.Registration of ParticipantsINAUGURAL SESSION10.00 A.M.Welcome Address : Dr. Amiya Kr. Sharma, ED, RGVNTo be presided over by:Dr. Jayanta Madhab , Chairperson, RGVNLighting of the lamp bySmt. Pramila Rani Brahma,Hon’ble Agriculture Minister, Govt. of Assam10.15 A.M.A Presentation on RGVN’s Experience on SRI in Assam (Based on Winter Paddy Harvest): ED,RGVN
10.30 A.M.National Level Scenario in SRI and SDTT’s initiative:Mr. Biswanath Sinha, Sr. Programme Officer, SDTT, Mumbai10.45 A.MSRI success story of Tripura byMr. Baharul Islam, Senior Agronomist, SARS, Government Of Tripura11.00 A.M.Government initiative in SRI :Smt. Pramila Rani Brahma, Hon’ble Agriculture Minister, Govt. of Assam11.15 A.M.Chairperson’s concluding remarks11.30 A.M.Tea SessionSe cond Se ssion:Chair: Dr. B.C.Barah, NCAP; and Member, National Food Security Mission, New Delhi.11.45 A.M.Presentation on Basic Prin ciples of SRI by Pradip Kr. Bora, Scientist (Agriculture Engineering)Followed by Question –Answer Session for 5 minutes12.15 P.MExperience sharin g by RGVN PartnersRural Volunteers’ Centre (RVC), Dhemaji 12:15 to 12:30Social Action for Appropriate T ransformation and Advancement in Rural Areas (SAT RA),Sipajhar, Darrang 12:30 to 12:45By a project farmer 12:45 to 12:50Followed by question answer session1.00 P.MProfessional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN)’s initiative in SRI in BodolandTerritorial Autonomous District (BT AD) of Assam by Shri Ashwini BhattacharyaFollowed by Open discussionLunch Break1.30 -2.30 P.MThird Session:Chair: Dr. Jayanta Madhab, The Chairman, RGVN.2.30 P.M.Assam State Government’s initiative in SRI by
Dr. Prasanta Kalita, Director Agriculture, Govt. of AssamFollowed by Question-Answer Session3.00 P.M : Panel DiscussionHow to scale up SRI in the Assam and build synergy among all the stakeholders of Government,Financial institutions, Donors, Universities, NGOs, CBOs and Farmers’ bodies.Moderation by Mr. Biswanath Sinha, SDTT , MumbaiPanelists:Mr. Chandi Hazarika, Joint Director Agriculture, Govt of AssamDr. B.C.Barah, NCAPDr. Amiya Sharma, ED,RGVNRepresentative, NABARD, Guwahati AutonomousDr. D.N.Dutta,Representative, NEDFIProf. Madhurya Bezbarua, Economist, The Gauhati UniversityMr. Baharul Islam Mazumdar, Senior Agronomist, SARS, Govt of TripuraMr. Ravindra Nath, Director, RVC, AssamDr.Nazrul Kazi , Representative, All Assam Pathar Parichalana Samity.Dr. Ramani Thakuria,KVK,NalbariPresentation followed by Moderator’s remarksOpen discussion4.00 P.MAward distribution ceremony to Progressive farmers of SRI (Winter Paddy)Ila Gogoi and Sailen Gogoi, Silapathar, DhemajiRashmi Bora Deka and Kavindra Deka, MorigaonDimbeswari Nath and Muktaram Nath, Sipajhar, DarrangRupali Das and Madhav Das, Chaygaon, KamrupHimanshu Nath, Kokrajhar4.15 P.M.Vote of Thanks by RGVN