Program at a Glance
The involvement of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT) in SRI promotion dates back to 2006, when the methodology was piloted with a couple of partners under its existing livelihoods programme. The number of partners increased to five during 2007 with a coverage of 11,000 farmers. The appreciable success of the initial years and the encouraging studies of the report presented by eminent rice scientist Dr V. P. Singh prompted the Trust to start a full-fledged program on System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in 2008. This program was launched as part of the Trust’s strategy to address the issue of food security at household level in rainfed areas for small and marginal farmers. A budget of INR 10.94 crores was allocated for this dedicated programme on SRI.
Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT) and Allied Trusts, Mumbai, has supported a total number of 127 partner NGOs in promotion of System of Rice Intensification (SRI) through its network of nodal agencies in each of the eleven states where the Programme is in operation till the Kharif 2012-13 season. So far 1,76,847 small and marginal farmers have benefitted by adopting the SRI methodology with coverage of 89,893.30 acres through this initiative of the Trusts. The eleven states in India where SDTT and Allied Trusts has extended its support base are Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Assam and Manipur.
Livolink Foundation publishes a document titled “Strategies for the diffusion of SRI technology in eastern and north-eastern part of India”. The study on the social dimensions on SRI was undertaken by a team of experts from Centre for Environment and Development (CED), Thiruvananthapuram, to carry out a research in select SDTT-SRI programme states, for assessing factors affecting wider adoption of SRI. The document was released in presence of key Government functionaries, officials and partner NGOs during the sixth SDTT-SRI partners meet at Raipur, Chhattisgarh.