Yuva is going to organize a sensitization meeting at podahatu village of Potka block on Paddy cultivation through SRI method on 18 July. It was planned to be kicked off on 4 th July. But owing to the unfortunate death of one villager, it had been postponed.
System of Rice Intensification (SRI)
SRI is not a technology, but rather a set of ideas and insights. It is a whole package of agronomic approaches which together exploit the genetic potential of rice plants; create a better growing environment (both above and below ground); enhance soil health and reduce inputs.
SRI can increase rice yield, while using less water and lowering production costs (WWF, 2004). It uses all the usual agronomic practices for transplanted rice —raising a nursery, transplanting, irrigating, weed management and nutrient management—but there are some drastic differences in how these are carried out.
SRI emphasises on utilizing early growth vigor of seedlings, facilitates less competition for light, nutrients, enhances resource use efficiency (seeds, water, fertilizer, pesticides), brings down over dependence on chemical fertilizers, promoting healthy root growth and increased soil microbial activity thereby enhancing soil organic matter content.
The set of six simple practices such as planting young seedlings (10-12 days), planting seedlings at wider spacing (25×25 cm), alternate wetting and drying during vegetative phase to keep soil moist, applying organic manures, weeding with cono weeders and incorporating the weed biomass and crop protection by bio pesticides and bio control agents are emphasized.