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AGRI 2023

Sreeni Kolakattil Raghavan

Sreeni Kolakattil Raghavan, Speaker at Horticulture Conferences
Sarvathobhadram Organic-Farmers, India
Title : Sarvathobhadram-organic initiative: cooperative model for resilient agriculture by adopting system of rice intensification


The assistance of the Sarvathobhadram-Organic-Farmers’ Cooperative helped small and marginal farmers customise, adapt, and customise the system to their unique needs. The Farmers Club, which has 50 members, was established in May 2020 with the goal of assisting farmers in converting to organic agriculture by adopting the System of Rice Intensification (SRI). The club's goal is to promote entrepreneurship, a sustainable means of subsistence, and food security in the Anthikad Block Panchayat. By working with government agencies and utilising convergence, the project addressed climate change and resilience while maximising the programs available to farmers in panchayath.  The transformation was sluggish initially, but it accelerated over time, indicating that farmers have variable levels of satisfaction based on a variety of circumstances. Very young rice seedlings are planted singly in a grid pattern in the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), a management strategy for irrigated rice production. The soil is kept moist yet well-drained throughout the whole growing season. Dewatering low-lying fields is the first step in rice farming in a wetland. Fields have typically been surrounded by permanent bunds. The movement of saltwater inward into their fields has been prevented by a network of barrages across the canal and at estuarine mouths. Locally, a system of pumping operations (inflow and outflow) has been designed to pump out excess water and, during times of shortage, to pump water from the river into the canal and ultimately onto the field. If saltwater from estuaries seeps into the field, water is pumped there using contemporary pump sets, which then routes through bunds. Farmers' organisations are working to achieve SDG13 on climate action, which calls for increased resilience and the capacity to adapt local solutions, in order to reduce the risks and tragedies brought on by climate change. This study investigates the adoption of organic farming using the SRI approach, the rise in output, and the effectiveness of the convergence method. The results demonstrate that SRI should be taken into consideration as a potential cultivation method for all farmer's groups as it also tries to identify various obstacles experienced by farmers throughout the paradigm transition from conventional to organic methods (Padasekharam).


Dr Sreeni K R is the Director at Organic Agriculture (Division) Sarvathobhadram-Organic-Farmers’, Peringottukara,Thrissur, Kerala, and working as Project Manager at PayAgri Innovations Solutions Pvt Ltd. ,IITM, Chennai, India  which provide farmers with comprehensive support through market, finance, input and technological linkages. He is closely working with farmers to translate cutting edge technologies into farmers solutions, market the farmers produce and promote stainable farming while also improving the quality of life. He is monitoring and analysing farmers producer companies in India.   In his previous employment, he served as a program manager for an Amrita Deemed University initiative at Amrita SeRVe. 101 Indian villages have been chosen by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM) for the Amrita SeRVe program in an effort to assist them become self-sufficient role models for the nation. He is in-charge of the initiative and has transformed numerous villages. He has published 25 academic papers and participated in over 15 international conferences. He is recipient of many awards including TERI-IWA-UNDP (The Energy and Resources Institute -International Water Association - United Nations Development Program) water sustainability award in 2022 and 2023. Additionally, he member in numerous committees and is a member of the Policy making for Doubling Farmer Income initiated by Government of India.

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