Rice is staple food in India and across world, productivity is also improved significantly due to high yielding varieties & hybrid seeds, research, Government policies, support, improvement in agronomy practices and research but still there is huge scope of productivity improvement in India. Paddy consumes high volume of water among all the crops.
System of rice intensification (SRI) was developed in 1983 by the Jesuit Father Henri in Madagascar is a good practice which helps in improving productivity, reducing cost of inputs, reduce water consumption and decrease in Carbon Dioxide emission by wet and dry method during crop cultivation, adoption of SRI practices is necessity to reduce cost of cultivation, reduce consumption of water and improve productivity but SRI practices are not adopted at large scale in India and across world due to many reasons like awareness about practices, non-availability of labor, uneasiness to labor for maintaining proper spacing between plant to plant and transplantation of short duration nursery.
In order to create awareness about SRI and introduce the same to farmers, Rallis has introduced SRI practices with select number of farmers in Odissa. The entire process involves educating and training farmers and providing support through specific SRI machines for sowing rice as per SRI practices. The initial results indicate that farmers productivity has improved in the range of 10-25 %.