After a successful implementation of System of Rice Intensification (SRI) project with one farmer in Rekhey village under Dewathang Gewog in 2016, where gross yield of 2156 kg/acre was noted in SRI method, while 1176 kg/acre in conventional method – in conversion to an acre. This year, up-scaling of SRI is happening in a big way with 11 additional farmers adopting SRI methods.
These 11 farmers will be further trained on SRI methods and provide necessary support wherever they require. SRI manual will be developed as part of the larger efforts towards building farmers’ capacity and continue to up-scale SRI in the coming years. It also aligns with the government’s target of enhancing rice sufficiency by 15% during the 12th five year plan.
More than 100 volunteers from Jigme Namgyel Engineering College (JNEC) and Chokyi Gyatso Institute (CGI) including SJI staff took part in a day long pebbles collection work. We have approximately collected more than 2 truckloads of pebbles from an area of 2 ½ acres.
SRI project is funded by Bhutan Foundation.