- Identification of potential villages for Rabi:
List out the villages where we can take up SRI by considering following factors:
A. Villages with considerable area (40 – 50 Acres) under bore well irrigation
B. Villages where already SRI is implemented by SERP or any NGO or dept of Agriculture
· Adoption by functionaries:
Adoption by functionaries (VA/CA/CRP) is critical for scaling up of SRI. List out all VA/CAs who’s land is under bore well. Ensure that this VAs/CAs practice SRI in their own fields.
· Manufacturing and supply Weeders:
Explore local agriculture officers and JDAs for availability of weeders. If sufficient number is not available with department, then identify 3-5 good artisans in your district for manufacturing weeders and supply to the SRI villages. Ensure timely supply of sufficient number of weeders (one weeder for every three acres).
· Community SRI Nurseries:
Identify ½ - 1 acre of land for nursery, where majority of farmers willing to adopt SRI. We can grow one nursery for 5-10 Acrs. This is important as SRI require small nurseries and intensive care required at nursery stage.
· Capacity building for farmers and workers:
Organise introductory training programs for identified farmers in the village itself and on field training for workers and farmers.
· Pamphlets on SRI methods:
Produce pamphlets on principles of SRI in simple language and supply it all identified farmers
· Screening of films in VO and SHG meetings:
Ensure screening of films produced already on SRI in identified villages as part of capacity building programs in addition to screening in VO and SHG meetings
· Innovations and flexibility for modifications:
Allow farmers to innovate and adopt modification in SRI, without compromising on basic principles of SRI.