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Only 2 per cent ryots benefit under MGNREGA

K. N. MURALI SANKAR http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/article3268447.ece A mere 2 per cent of paddy farmers from East Godavari district can be benefited from the offering of workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), scheduled from April 1, 2012. As the paddy farmers have been accusing the government of throwing them into debts by way of increasing the labour costs by introducing the MGNREGA, a decision has been taken to bring the paddy cultivation into the fold of the scheme. However, labourers will be allocated only to those who are opting for the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) cultivation. In the district which is known for its canal system, […]

Technical adaptations for mechanized SRI production to achieve water saving and increased profitability in Punjab, Pakistan

http://www.springerlink.com/content/e1568029183w1106/fulltext.pdf Asif Sharif Even in a country with a large population and rapid population growth, there can be labor shortages in the agricultural sector, because of out migration of the ablebodied work force. The System of Rice Intensification (SRI) is not necessarily more labor-intensive once the methods have been learned, but the initial labor requirements can be a barrier to adoption, and farmers with large land areas cannot find the labor needed to use these more productive methods. Recognizing this problem, a set of agricultural implements have been designed for mechanizing the operations of SRI, with a view to reducing water requirements as well as labor requirements because the current conditions for agricultural production in the Punjab region […]

Knowledge, technology, and the politics of rice

http://fes.org.in/common-voices-8.pdf by Harro Matt The current financial crisis in Europe brings out politics as we know it. The political leaders of nation states deliberate lessons from the past and negotiate solutions for a new future. We are intrigued by the moves of presidents and prime ministers and expect their decisions to affect our personal economic situation. Reversely, we blame the politicians for the loss of jobs, increase of rent or governmental restrictions. It helps to express anger and frustration, but does it help in negotiating with our employers, landlords or administrators? The gaze towards the top is a common feature in our understanding of political processes. The politics of knowledge […]

Paddy production: Bihar panchayat breaks China’s record

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/article3016481.ece NEW DELHI, MAR 20: A gram panchayat in Nalanda district of Bihar has surpassed the Chinese record of paddy production, the Union Agriculture Minister Mr Sharad Pawar informed Parliament today. “As per the reports received from the state government, the yield of wet paddy has been recorded at 22.4 tonnes per hectare and that of dry paddy at 20.16 tonnes a hectare in the district of Nalanda, Bihar…,” Mr Pawar said in a written reply to Lok Sabha. The record yield was achieved under demonstration on System of Rice Intensification (SRI) which was organised at farmer’s field during kharif 2011, he added. “It has surpassed the yield of 19 […]

Cimate-smart agriculture can diminish planthopper outbreaks, but a number of bad habits are counterproductive

http://ricehoppers.net/2012/02/cimate-smart-agriculture-can-diminish-planthopper-outbreaks-but-a-number-of-bad-habits-are-counterproductive/ by MONI on FEBRUARY 29, 2012 Share by C. (Kees) J. Stigter, Agromet Vision, Bondowoso/Depok, Indonesia The fluctuation in areas infested by BPH in Indonesia from 1991—2010. Source: E. Budiyanto, Directorate of Plant Protection, the Ministry of Agriculture presented at a meeting on “Food Crop Protection Policy in 2011” in Pontianak on 9 October 2011. Planthopper fluctuation in Indonesia between 1991 and 2010 that Mr. Budyanto presented (Graph 1) showed that the peaks of the two most serious outbreaks were related with the occurrence of La Ni?a.  The graph shows the peaks of BPH outbreaks in 1998, 2005, and 2010 with its highest damages of up to 140,000 ha.  Damage was close […]

NREGA to Agriculture (for SRI now)

Read below three articles published, The new guidelines primarily aim at resolving the conflict that had emerged between NREGA and the farm sector by offering workers under the scheme to paddy cultivators under the System of Rice Intensification or SRI (a low-water cultivation technique being popularised in many states).Each small and medium SRI farmer will be eligible for eight person-days of work per acre for one-time transplantation, two person-days of work per acre for weeding at 10 to 15 days after transplantation and two person-days of work per acre for weeding at 20 to 30 days after transplantation, the new guidelines say. * NREGA 2 aimed at bolstering UPA Hindustan […]

Estimation of Efficiency, Sustainability and Constraints in SRI (System of Rice Intensification) vis-a-vis Traditional Methods of Paddy Cultivation in North Coastal Zone of Andhra Pradesh

Rao I.V.Y. Rama, Cost of Cultivation Scheme, Regional Agricultural Research Station, Anakapalle, Visakhapatnam-531 001, Andhra Pradesh Published on 14 November, 2011 Email: ramarao_agrieco@yahoo.co.in Abstract The study has assessed the economics and sustainability of SRI (system of rice intensification) and traditional methods of paddy cultivation in North Coastal Zone of Andhra Pradesh for the period 2008–09, based on the data of costs and returns of crop. Apart from budgeting techniques, benefit-cost ratio (BCR), yield gap analysis, sustainability index and response priority index have been employed in the study. It has shown that BCR is higher for SRI (1.76) than traditional (1.25) methods. Further, there is a 31 per cent yield gap between […]

Organic rice cultivation transforming lives of Damoh farmers

The HinduThe longer organic variety of rice versus HYV variety. Photo: Mahim Pratap Singh Till last year, Shiv Singh, a landless labourer from the Pinarayi village of Damoh district knew of only one survival strategy-migrating to Delhi to earn his living as a construction worker. This year, with the Rs. 8,000 he had saved from his Delhi earnings, Shiv took a 3-acre piece of land on lease and grew rice on it. The harvest in September fetched him Rs.55,000 besides enough rice for his family to last for a year. But, unlike most success stories, his is not an isolated case. Several villages of Damoh, which was last in news […]

Weed Management in Paddy

The war on weeds Increasing rice production in Africa http://www.researchforglobaldevelopment.nl/the-war-on-weeds/ In his search for a solution to the problem of weeds that limit African rice production, Jonne Rodenburg works at many levels, from genetic research to production systems. One of his findings is that farmers’ practices and considerations must be included in crop and weed management strategies. There is no silver bullet or one-size-fits-all solution. In his many publications, Jonne Rodenburg has presented some frightening statistics. For example those on the losses in African rice due to uncontrolled weeds. In lowland areas, as much as 28%–74% of the rice crop may be lost, while in upland systems the losses can […]

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