The System of Rice Intensification (SRI) technology has been gaining in popularity in Ramanathapuram district, introduced only three years ago, especially in R.S. Mangalam block, according to Z. Kamaldeen, Assistant Director of Agriculture, R.S. Mangalam block.
The farmers have shown how scarcity of water in the drought-prone district could be turned into an opportunity with increased yield, less water and less production cost.
The SRI farming is practised in 900 hectares and a target of 1,500 hectares has been fixed.
Paddy is cultivated in 18,800 hectares in the block.
A cluster approach is promoted, so that farmers in the entire village will adopt the technique, he added.
SRI is implemented in the R.S.Mangalam block under the National Agriculture Development Programme and Rainfed Development Agriculture Programme and progressive farmers involved for demonstrations, are being given subsidy, the sources said.