Wednesday, June 30, 2010

SRI in the News - June 2010

SRI news for June comes from South and Southeast Asia, though it includes a visit by an African delegation from six countries to learn about SRI in India (see fourth article). News items below come from Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam and seven Indian states: Jharkhand, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and, in the northeastern part of the country, Assam, Manipur and Nagaland.

Agriculture Department to introduce bio-fertilizer on large scale - June 29, 2010, E-PAO [source: the Sangai Express] (Manipur, India)

Sensitising farmers to developing techniques, methods under changing climatic conditions
June 29, 2010, The Hindu (Tamil Nadu, India)

Rice project helps farmers boost yields
June 28, 2010, Lao Voices (Laos)

Ceremonial harvesting of Rice cultivated by SRI at Nagaon
June 27, 2010, Assam times (Assam, India)

Kenyan team studies SRI project
June 26, 2010, The Hindu (Tamil Nadu, India)

A Philanthropy Advisor in Indonesia, Part 4: Rice Innovation in a Small Village
June 24, 2010, Asian Philanthropy Forum (Indonesia)

Plan to adopt SRI method on 36, 800 hectares
June 24, 2010, The Hindu (Tamil Nadu, India)

Orissa sets kharif target at 74.64 lakh tonne
June 23, 2010, Business Standard (Orissa, India)

Nabard aid for paddy
June 22, 2010, The Telegraph (Jharkhand, India)

Training prog on SRI in Tsg
June 22, 2010, Nagaland Post (Nagaland, India)

High risk of viral diseases once again affecting rice crops
June 19, 2010, Viet Nam News (Hanoi, Vietnam)

SRI seed farmers left in the lurch
June 19, 2010, The Hindu (Tamil Nadu, India)

Rice cultivation: Farmers encouraged to use SRI technique
June 18, 2010, Times of India (Uttar Pradesh, India)

Minister urges farmers to utilise technologies extensively
June 10, 2010, The Hindu (Tamil Nadu, India)

CAU to provide free paddy seedlings
June 5, 2010, E-PAO [source: The Sangai Express] (Manipur, India)

Attapeu: dry season rice plantation practiced on over 1,000 ha
June 2, 2010, Lao voices (Laos)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

SRI Items in the Press - May 2010

Here are some of the articles about the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) around the world that appeared in the press during May 2010. The articles are from Cambodia, Kenya, India (Assam, Sikkim, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu) and the USA. The subject matter ranges from plans for the coming season and climate change to weeder development, events and even the potential impact of SRI on reducing trafficking of women in northern India!

Kuruvai to be raised on 34,000 hectares: DC - May 29, 2010 (Tamil Nadu, India)

Field day on SRI method of rice cultivation at Nagaon - May 27, 2010, Assam Times (Assam, India)

Increase agricultural growth - May 26, 2010, The Hindu (Tamil Nadu, India)

IFWP-MP Organizes Thematic Workshop on System of Rice Intensification (SRI) - May 23, 2010, Yim Sok Sophors blog (Cambodia)

Plan to increase rice, pulses production - May 22, 2010, The Hindu, (Puducherry, India)

Preparations underway for kuruvai season - May 19, 2010, The Hindu (Tamil Nadu, India)

Workshop cum field practical on SRI held - May 17, 2010, [source: Sikkim Express] (Sikkim, India)

A conversation with Norman Uphoff, advisor to Nourishing the Planet- May 14, 2010, Nourishing the Planet (a Worldwatch Institute blog)

Agriculture and the of challenge of climate change - May 14, 2010, Suman Sahai Blog (India)

Technology, a key nutrient for farm sector - May, 13, 2010, Business Line (Tamil Nadu, India)

Weeder for use in SRI developed at TNAU - May 9, 2010, The Hindu (Tamil Nadu, India)

New rice farming system takes root in Mwea scheme - May 5, 2010, Daily Nation (Kenya) [also available from]

Young girls face trafficking as lack of rain drives worsening rural poverty - May 5, 2010, Reuters AlertNet (Assam, India)