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Rice is the staple food in Tamil Nadu and is grown in an area of 2.6 Mha with a production of 8.19 Mt andproductivity of 3.2 t/ha. In the context of high water demand by rice farmers, any strategy that wouldproduce higher rice yield with less water is the need of the day. One such system is “System of RiceIntensification” (SRI), which was developed by Fr. Henri de Laulanie in Madagascar in 1980. The generalobjective of the study is to find the economics and the farmer’s adoption behaviour of the system of riceintensification. The study has revealed that the per hectare cost of cultivation is about 10 per cent lower inSRI than the conventional method. The logit framework has indicated that age, farm size, income of thefarm, number of earners in the family and number of contacts with extension agencies are positive andhighly influence the adoption behaviour of the farmers. Lack of skilled labour, awareness, training on newtechnology and experience have been opined as the main problems in adoption of this technology by thefarmers. To sum-up, farmers have been vastly benefited by SRI technology and it has helped them in theirsocio-economic upliftment. The adoption of SRI technique has helped increase the rice production withoutincreasing the area under its cultivation and has proved to serve as an alternative method for rice cultivation.

Subject(s): Agricultural and Food Policy

Issue Date: 2009

Publication Type: Journal Article

PURL Identifier: Published in: Agricultural Economics Research Review, Volume 22, Conference Number Page range: 341-348

Total Pages: 7

Record appears in: Agricultural Economics Research Association (India) > Agricultural Economics Research Review

Agricultural Economics Research Review

Autor: Devi, K. Sita ; Ponnarasi, T.


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