The Tamil Nadu story
India suffers from severe water shortages, especially in southern regions like the state of Tamil Nadu. Therefore, more and more farmers are adopting drip irrigation technology that allows them to increase yields while using less water.
Mr. M. Parthasarathy, 69, from Govindapuram village in Tamil Nadu, received the Innovative Rice Farmer Award from the Indian Rice Research Institute, Hyderabad for large scale adoption of drip irrigation system in rice cultivation.
Mr. Parthasarathy's unique achievement is the usage of drip irrigation and crop rotation - he cultivated onion, maize and rice in rotation using drip irrigation. Not only did he save 45% water, he also increased yields by 50%.
Climate change requires us to make a paradigm change, even in the ancient craft of rice cultivation and paddy irrigation. Rice production using drip irrigation technology can help feed an ever-increasing global population with reduced environmental impact.
About the Sustainable Rice Platform: The Sustainable Rice Platform is a multi-stakeholder alliance comprising over 100 institutional members. SRP promotes resource-use efficiency and climate change resilience in rice systems – both on-farm and throughout value chains – and pursues voluntary market transformation initiatives by developing sustainable production standards, indicators, incentive mechanisms and outreach mechanisms to boost wide-scale adoption of sustainable best practices in rice production.
About Netafim: Netafim, the world's largest precision irrigation company and a member of Sustainable Rice Platform, is on a mission to fight water scarcity. By promoting a shift to drip-irrigated rice, Netafim supports rice sector transformation towards a sustainable future.
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Roei Yonai, Crops Leader, Netafim | Email: Roei.Yonai@netafim.com