Training of Trainers on Rice Production with System of Rice Intensification (SRI)
Venue: APCOB-CTI, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad
June 14-18, 2011
“I am a SRI trainer for past 5 years and I believed that I knew everything about and on SRI under the sun but after attending the 5-day SRI training here, I realized I knew so little about SRI,” expressed most of the participants during the feedback session on the concluding day of the 5-day training organized by AgSri School of Agriculture in Hyderabad from 14-18th June, 2011. The participants from 9 states of India were identified by NABARD to undergo the NABARD-NRMC funded Master training programme on Rice Production and System of Rice Intensification (SRI).

The appreciation for this brilliant partnership of taking the knowledge dissemination on SRI among 15 Master trainers from 9 states of India goes to Ms. Raji Gain, General Manager of the Natural Resource Management Centre (NMRC) wing of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Kolkata; Sri. Mohanaiah, Chief General Manager of NABARD, Hyderabad and Dr. Biksham Gujja, the Chairman and Founder of AgSri.

The expert team who planned and executed the SRI Master training curriculum from AgSri School are Dr. T M Thiyagarajan and Dr. Vinod Goud and Dr. Mahendra Kumar, Principal Scientist from Directorate of Rice Research, Hyderabad. The resource team also included experts from the ANGRAU.

Agriculture production in India not only poses technology and research challenges but also requires manpower requirements at grassroots apart from scientific and technology support. Though 40 universities provide agricultural education at graduate level courses, there is greater demand for barefoot trainers on sustainable agriculture practices to support the scale of operations envisaged in the coming years.
 
Natural Resource Management Center (NRMC)
National Agriculture Bank for Rural Development (NABARD) has set up a full-fledged Natural Resource Management Centre (NRMC) at Kolkata. Natural resources in the context of agriculture and rural development mainly comprise of land, water, forest, energy, biological and climate resources needed to sustain and improve quality of life. NABARD extends this definition to include the entire value chain, beginning with awareness generation, capacity building, technology and information inputs, developing physical structures for management and utilization of natural resources for sustainable livelihood generation (http://www.nabard.org/nrmc/nrmchome.asp).
 
AgSri
AgSri aims to bring grass-root research experiences to translate agricultural innovations into profitable business venture for both the farmers and the industry. The senior staffs of AgSri were part of the WWF-ICRISAT team, which extensively worked on water issues and SRI in rice and SSI in sugarcane.

AgSri School is a visionary institution that engages all stakeholders- policymakers, project managers, extension practitioners and researchers - in developing the new thinking and skills required for large-scale implementation of agricultural innovations that can feed an increasing population, make agriculture a profitable profession and protect the environment. The School address the information and training needs of the full range of stakeholders on innovative and transformative crop production techniques such as the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI).

AgSri School offers programs at three levels.

The Executive Program which focused on improving awareness among policymakers and senior managers of organizations and institutions who oversee funding and implementation of agricultural initiatives, so that they can make informed and evidence-based decisions.
A Training of Trainers Program which focused on developing technically proficient cadres of trainers, such as extension technicians in government and NGO agencies, and ‘Farmer Experts’ who live and work among farmers.
The Research Program which engages researchers in developing new knowledge and understanding to refine the technologies.
 


 
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