SRI in the News: Growing Rice Debt Free

SRI was recently  featured in a report on National Public Radio in the US. You read the report here or download the audio here.

Here’s a brief excerpt:

A school girl helps plant rice seedlings in the SRI grid pattern. (Photo: Beth Hoffman, www.loe.org)
A school girl helps plant rice seedlings in the SRI grid pattern. (Photo: Beth Hoffman, http://www.loe.org)

“Advocates in rural India believe the solution is to make farmers more self-reliant, by using free, low-tech solutions, like organic farming and something called SRI, a System of Rice Intensification.

Suklambar Nial works with a local non-profit, training farmers in SRI. The method uses as little as one tenth of the seed and far less water than conventional rice farming. And the yields have been impressive.

NIAL: ‘Last year in another field they grow 10 quintals. And here, with SRI system, they got 15 quintals.’

These results have not gone unnoticed. Worldwide, there are now an estimated one million farmers using the SRI method. The World Wildlife Federation, and the World Bank, now sanction its use. And there are no patents or intellectual property involved – it’s free for farmers to use.”

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