Single seedling: Increasing rice yields and decreasing water use through SRI

This is a UPNRM project implemented by the Sri Kshetriya Dharmsthala Rural Development Trust (SKDRDP) in 8 districts of Karnataka:
Traditional paddy cultivation is becoming a debt trap. Hence, the project supports 20,000 small and marginal farmers to induce economic viability and sustainability in paddy cultivation by introducing the System of Rice Intensification (SRI). SRI reduces the cultivation cost by 40%, increases the crops’ yields and, thereby, boosts the farmers’ income by Rs. 4,500 per acre per cropping season. This also positively affects food and fodder security.