AGRONOMIC INNOVATION

AGRONOMIC INNOVATION

  • Agronomic innovations refer to location-specific innovative practices used to improve soil fertility and crop management in rainfed conditions.

     

  • A range of often very location-specific innovative farming practices, approaches and technologies exist that improve sustainability, increase output and productivity (efficiency).

     

ISSUES

Lack of farmer centric extension approach has been a major challenge, in the adoption of these ecologically-appropriate technologies and practices. However, there is huge scope in integrating farmers’ local knowledge with science-based formal knowledge for developing agronomic innovations at the village level.

RRA INTERVENTIONS

Several RRA network partners have demonstrated various agronomic practices for improving sustainability and agriculture productivity. Some of them are:
DSR (DRY DIRECT SEEDED RICE) PRADAN in Hirbandh, Bankura, West Bengal
NON PESTICIDE MANAGEMENT (NPM) Several RRA Network members in collaboration with SHPL
SYSTEM OF RICE INTENSIFICATION (SRI/SCI) By many RRA Network members including AKRSP-I, RRA Malkangiri in Odisha, VSK, SPS, PRADAN, and WASSAN
CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE AKRSP-I
CUSTOMIZATION OF BULLOCK OPERATED IMPLEMENTS WASSAN, RRA Malkangiri

POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Processes to ensure farmers’ participation at various stages of the evolution of the innovation, including technological adoption, adaptation and diffusion at the farm level.
  • Processes to investigate and document the impact of agricultural policies on technology adaption and efficiency and production intensification