Productivity Enhancement through Up-scaling SRI Experience in Chhattisgarh State Level SRI Workshop, May 26, 2011, ChhattisgarhA one day workshop on ‘Productivity Enhancement through Up-scaling SRI Experiencein Chhattisgarh’ was organised by PRADAN in collaboration with Dept. of Agriculture,SAMETI (NFSM), Government of Chhattisgarh, and SDTT, Mumbai on May 26, 2011 inRaipur, Chattisgarh.During May 2008, PRADAN initiated the SRI method of paddy cultivation in selectedareas of Chhattisgarh through its partner organisations with financial support from SirDorabji Tata Trust (SDTT). It supported 11 NGOs who together could reach 4600 famersin 9 districts of Chhattisgarh in last Kharif.The workshop, third of this kind in Chattisgarh succeeded in bringing together diversestakeholders involved in promoting SRI. A total of 250 participants were present at theworkshop.The workshop had the broad objectives of (i) Sharing the experiences bypracticing farmers and researchers from diverse background within and outside statewould ensure better learning; (ii) Knowledge and understanding of the participants onSRI will be enhanced; (iii) Effective partnership between civil society organisations andstate agencies for effective promotion of SRI in the state; (iv) Up-scaling of promotionalactivities of SRI in the state.Honourable Agriculture minister, Mr. Chandrasekhar Sahuhonoured the workshop as the chief guest and APC and Principal Secretary(Agriculture); Government of Chhattisgarh Mr. D.S.Misra was present as special guestto chair the concluding session for the focus area and recommendation.Mr. P. Kridatt,Director Agriculture, Government of Chhattisgarh welcomed the participants and saidthat SRI is one of the potential yield enhancing methods. He emphasized that the crosslearning among the participants would help to learn different ways of SRI andchallenges faced. Mr. C. L. Jain, Mission director, NFSM, Chhattisgarh, in his openingremarks shared that the government is starting demonstration with 15000 families inthis financial year under SRI. He focused on strengthening the existing resources andensures proper training on the package of practices to minimise the risks. The ViceChancellor, IGKV, Dr. Pandey who was the chair of the inaugural session shared theengagement of the university in promoting SRI and future prospects of SRI inChhattisgarh context.A documentary on SRI practices “Ek Ropa Dhan” produced byPRADAN which got the Rajat Kamal in 58th National Film Award was screened.Agriculture Minister, Mr. Chandrashekhar Sahu honored the workshop as chief guestduring the Plenary. In his presence women SHG members from Raigarh and Kankerdistrict shared their experience in SRI. Honorable minister emphasized that the
Chhattisgarh state has huge potential to excel in the area of agriculture and if all theactors put hand together this potential can be attained in recent future.Professor Shambu Prasad, XIMB, shared about the experience of building alliance indifferent states and the national level consortium and the role of different stake holdersmainly government. He also shared about the potential of application of SRI principlesin other crops like wheat, kidney beans and sugarcane.Mr. Anil Verma from PRADAN,Bihar shared Experience of SRI in Bihar, with 21000 marginal farmers in Bihar. Heshared about how the programme has brought SRI as theme of practice not only forpaddy but for all crops and being treated as System of Root Intensification in the Stateand the proactive role of Government machinery. Now in Bihar the government hastaken SRI promotion as movement called “SRI Kranti”.Scientist Dr. Ajay Verma fromIGKV shared about their research experience on promoting Ambika weeder and otherequipments suitable in Chhattisgarh context and assured the timely supply of theequipments.In the session following the presentations, farmers were encouraged to share anddiscuss their experiences in SRI paddy cultivation with other workshop participants.Basant Yadav from Sahbhagi Samaj Sewi Sanstha and Philip Ekka from Karma sharedtheir experience on promoting SRI on behalf of the 11 NGO partners in the SRIpromotion programme in Chhattisgarh. They emphasized that the government andother stakeholders need to focus on the indigenous varieties in place of hybrid.Mr. Saroj Jena from NABARD shared the initiative taken by NABARD, Chhattisgarhand how it has brought different states experience in Chhattisgarh through exposureand cross learning meetings. He also shared that the government should focus onmultiple cropping, organic farming, integration with land and water conservationstructures and most importantly to bring more focus on participating women. Heassured the support from NABARD under rural Innovation Fund.Saroj Mahaptra,PRADAN presented about the achievement of the project supported by SDTT inChhattisgarh in partnership with 11 NGOs. The project could reach 4500 farmers. In2010-11 the SRI farmers average yields was 5.84 MT/ha., highest being 12.02 MT/ha.Valedictory session was chaired by the Principal Secretary (Agriculture) and APC,Government of Chattisgarh, Mr. D.S.Mishra, IAS. He appreciated the farmers’willingness to adopt the new SRI method, PRADAN and the partner NGO’s effort tomake it success and promised fuller cooperation from Government for furtherpromotion, by ensuring availability of support.Ms. I. Sarangi gave the vote of thanksexpressing happiness on the way the proceedings took place and thanked each andevery one for participating actively in the workshop by sharing their knowledge,experiences and doubts on SRI. She thanked the resource persons from other states toshare their experience and Organisers for their significant efforts to make the workshopfruitful.