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Tentative Programme


  • To identify main lessons from the decade of experiences with SRI in India.
  • To suggest strategies for the coordinated spread of SRI in India, opportunities for food security and for the buffering of climate change.
  • To identify key research gaps in knowledge on SRI, supporting for all-India co-ordinated research effort.
  • To provide vision and direction for the future expanded utilization of SRI methods with specific policy interventions.


21st December 2010

09:00 - 11:00 Hrs
Session - 1:
Opening Session
Dr. N.K. Sanghi, Advisor, WASSAN
09:00 Hrs - 09:10 Hrs Welcome and Opening remarks
Dr. C.L. Gowda, Global Theme Leader, Crop Improvement, ICRISAT
09:10 Hrs - 09:20 Hrs Objectives of the Workshop and Expected Outcomes
Dr. Biksham Gujja, WWF - ICRISAT Project
09:20 Hrs - 09:30 Hrs Implemention of SRI in TN - IAMWARM Project and Lessons
Mr. Vibhu Nayar, IAS, Project Director (IAMWARM), Tamil Nadu
03:30 Hrs - 09:40 Hrs

National Overview of SRI
Dr. C. Shambu Prasad, Associate Professor, XIMB, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

09:40 Hrs - 09:50 Hrs Global Scenarios on SRI
Dr. Norman Uphoff, Program Leader for Sustainable Rice Systems, CIIFAD, NY
09:50 Hrs - 11:00 Hrs Exercise: Review of Experiences in Adoption of SRI
Mapping out problems and shortcomings; where are we now in SRI adoption? Why have we not progressed as much as needed? Listing of three most important reasons for building consensus on SRI learning to date.
11:00 Hrs - 11:30 Hrs Group Photo and Tea break
11:30 Hrs - 13:00 Hrs
Session - 2:
Panel Discussion # 1
Dr. Norman Uphoff, CIIFAD, New York *

1. What are the key lessons from the decade of experiences?
2. What should be the key points for extension and research (five each?

  • Dr. B.C. Barah, Former Principal Scientist, NCAP, New Delhi
  • Dr. Amod Thakur, Sr. Scientist, DWM, Bhubaneswar
  • Dr. B.C. Viraktamath, Project Director, DRR, Hyderabad
  • Dr. T.M. Thiyagarajan, Consultant, WWF - ICRISAT
  • Dr. B.J. Pandian, Head, TN-IAMWARM, TNAU, Coimbatore
  • Dr. Aum Sarma, Professor & Head, FMD, ANGRAU, Hyderabad
  • Mr. A. Ravindra, Secretary, WASSAN, Hyderabad
  • Mr. Baharul Majumder, Joint Director (Agriculture), Tripura
  • Mr. V.K.V. Ravichandran, SRI Farmer, Tamil Nadu
Panellists will each air their views on the two topics for five minutes, followed by open discussion with conclusions summarized by Facilitator.
13:00 Hrs - 14:00 Hrs Lunch Break
13:00 Hrs- 14:00 Hrs
Session - 3:
Panel Discussion # 2
Dr. Biksham Gujja,
Policy Adiver, WWF-International and Special Project Scientist, WWF - ICRISAT Project

1. What should be the shared vision for SRI for the next decade?
2. What could be the main directions for a National SRI consortium?
3. Waht are the key policy changes required From whom?

  • Mr. Vibhu Nayar, IAS, Project Dirctor (IAMWARM), Tamil Nadu
  • Dr. M.C. Diwakar, Director, Directorate of Rice Development, Patna
  • Dr. C. Shambu Prasad, Associate Professor, XIMB, Bhubaneswar
  • Dr. Norman Uphoff, CIIFAD, New York
  • Mr. Kishan Rao, SRI Farmer, Khammam, Andhra Pradesh
  • Dr. Vithal Rajan, Hyderabad
  • Dr. N.K. Sanghi, Adviser, Hyderabad
  • Mr. K. Prabhakar Reddy, SRI Farmer, Vikarabad, Andhra Pradesh
Each panellist will express his views on the three topics for five minutes, followed by open discussion and conclusions summarized by Facilitator .
16:00 Hrs - 16:30 Hrs Tea Break
16:30 Hrs - 17:30 Hrs
Session - 4:
Concluding Session
Felicitation of SRI Farmers

1. Prioritizing the actions / initiatives
2. Coordinating / integrating the actions / initiatives

  • Dr. B.C. Viraktamath, Project Director, DRR, Hyderabad
  • Mr. Vibhu Nayar, IAS, Project Dirctor (IAMWARM), Tamil Nadu
  • Mr. A. Ravindra, Secretary, WASSAN
  • Dr. M.C. Diwakar, Director, DRD, Patna

22nd December 2010

  • Field Visit to SRI Fields at Jangoan, Warangal District (about 80 km from Hyderabad).
  • Garuda motorised weeder demonstration will be conducted by M/s. Premier Power Equipments & Products Pvt. Ltd., Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu during the visit.
  • Departure at 7 am from ICRISAT campus and Return to HYD by 4.30 pm.


  1. Please note that this is power point presentation (ppt) free workshop! So, it is appreciated, if you make oral presentation / interaction.
  2. Participants will be dropped near the railway station at Secunderabad and at the Shamshabad Airport on the way back from the Field visit on 22nd Dec., as per their advance request.