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Modified System of Rice Intensification

Sri Paddy Nursery

Modified System of Rice Intensification is a better sowing technique and management practice than conventional sowing in paddy. Magasool has been training and implementing modified SRI with hundreds of farmers in Trichy, Cuddalore, Tiruvannamalai, Krishnagiri, Kanchipuram and Tanjore districts of Tamil Nadu using the paddy transplanter.

The main 3 advantages in the modified SRI are:

1. The nursery is transplanted much earlier, anywhere between 12th to 18th day decreasing the disturbance to roots as well as allowing time for tiller growth.

2. Increased distance between plants in SRI allowing for better access to sunlight and more space for root growth.

3. Weeding and soil loosening using weeder after sowing leading to better aeration and increased tillage.

Transplanting using Paddy Transplanter

Between May 2012 and Jan 2015, the program has reached more than 500 farmers in Trichy, Cuddalore, Kanchipuram and Thanjavur districts. Most of the farmers reported an yield increase of 10 to 20 % resulting in an increased income of anywhere between Rs 2500 to Rs 5000 per acre. Some of the other advantages that farmers have mentioned after using this method are decrease in loss due to rats as there is gap between plants, decreased pest issues as the plants are healthier. The northern districts of Cuddalore, Kanchipuram and Tiruvannamalai also see a big saving in cost.

 

 

Magasool will include Thiruvallur district and expand the outreach to 800 farmers before the end of this year.

10th day after transplanting Paddy crop before harvest

 

The process of modified SRI can be viewed through this video:



What Farmers say...

Kalarani, Small farmer, Trichy:
“Over the last 10 years I used to get 90 to 95 bags (60 kg each) in my 2.5 acre farm. This time I have got 112 bags and I am convinced about SRI”

Arivazhagan, Marginal farmer, Cuddalore:
“Usually I get max 7 bags (80Kg each) from my 33 cents. Initially my fellow villagers teased me for trying SRI but I got 9 bags after the harvest. This is inspite of the water shortage we had. After seeing this many more farmers in my village want to try it in the next season”