Karnataka: Bid to promote SRI method of paddy farming

Our Bureau Mangalore | Updated on July 22, 2014

More than 900 families in Dakshina Kannada district have taken up the SRI (System of Rice Intensification) method of paddy cultivation, according to Mahaveer Ajri, Regional Director of the Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP), an NGO working for rural development in Karnataka.

Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, he said the method is aimed at increasing the yield. Though paddy is the main food crop, its cultivation is coming down because of various factors.

SKDRDP initiated steps to popularise this method of paddy cultivation across Karnataka. In Dakshina Kannada district, 937 farmer families have implemented the SRI method in 939 acres of land, he said.

Steps will be initiated to popularise this method of paddy cultivation among 1,530 families during 2014-15, he said.

To promote organic farming in the district, SKDRDP has earmarked a financial assistance of ₹10.67 lakh. Under this, one village in each of the five taluks in the district will be converted into organic farming village, he said.

Practical training camps on various agricultural practices were organised in more than 200 farm locations in the district for the benefit of farmers during 2013-14. More than 17,000 farmers in the district attended those training camps, he said.

Published on July 22, 2014

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