Kenyan team studies SRI project

Spot study: The team inspecting a farm at Pidagam on Friday. — Photo:C Venkatachalapathy

Spot study: The team inspecting a farm at Pidagam on Friday. — Photo:C Venkatachalapathy  

An 18-member team of Kenyan agricultural officials, along with two Japanese students, on Friday visited various parts of Villupuram district to study the implementation of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and minor irrigation projects.

They had come to learn about the nuances of the project so they can replicate it in their countries. Before undertaking the field visit, Collector R.Palanisamy briefed them about the salient aspects of the World Bank-aided IAMWARM (Irrigated Agriculture Modernization and Waterbodies Restoration and Management) Project being implemented in the Varaha Nadhi basin in the district.

The Collector told them that the SRI had proved to be a boon to farmers as they could save 30 per cent of water and get 50 to 60 per cent higher yield than was obtained through the regular farm procedures.

He also gave an overview of the technologies being adopted under the SRI system for sowing, weeding and harvesting.

Mr. Palanisamy also told them that under the IAMWARM project, irrigation canals and tanks were being renovated and suitable technology was being promoted for optimal usage of water to get optimum yield.

Later, the team went to Vikkiravandi and interacted with the farmers who had adopted the SRI technique.

Impressed by the latest farm practices, the Kenyan officials said that they would go back to Kenya to create awareness among their farmers of the SRI. Then, the team went to the Agriculture Trade Centre at Kootteripattu, where the arrivals of agriculture produce and the price structure were computerised.

At Sendur, they got an insight into the modern farm implements that were being used in the SRI that not only enhanced productivity but also cut down expenditure.

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