Newsletter No. 14 : Introducing SRT’s dearest friends

Every passing day; corporates, NGO’s and various government departments have started walking with us on this path of SRT, Conservation Agriculture method, which is leading to the supreme happiness and confidence building all over. Today, we’d like to share the lovely work these organisations are doing together with us.


1. Jindal Steel Works(JSW Foundation)

During current Kharif season in Palghar, Thane, Raigad & Ratnagiri districts there are 300 SRT beneficiary farmers in Jawhar, Shahapur, Murud, Alibaug, Pen and Ratnagiri talukas. Almost all farmers are heading for success in this method.

JSW organized event

2. Rama Purushottam Foundation (RPF)

In Pune district there are 75 SRT beneficiary farmers in Khed, Junnar, Mulashi and Bhor Talukas. In this area the alternative second crop in Kharif season by SRT method is groundnut. So far the vegetative growth of the crops appears excellent. Recharging of aquifers due to efficient drainage in SRT is their main expectation.

Listen to the happiness beaming from one of SRT farmer:

3. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

Through their new innovation lab, TCS is helping us to digitalize the data for effective analysis and drawing appropriate conclusions.

TCS Data


1. Vivekananda Research and Training Institute (VRTI), Roha.

This is the 1st NGO who has promoted SRT for their beneficiary farmers in 2014. Now they have 187 farmers through Kharif 2017. Their team is doing excellent work of hand holding of early adopter farmers.

VRTI Farmer

2. Sahyadri Nisarg Mitra (SNM), Chiplun.

After their successful mission of saving Olive Ridley turtles and its integration with tourism at Velas, Ratnagiri now they are actively working to save Indian Pangolin. Their vision is that if local folks get affordable and easy livelihood through SRT, they will forsake hunting of Pangolin.

Here’s a video of the local leader speaks for itself that the NGO is headed for success in their hypothetical goal. In the 1st year itself SNM team has successfully taken forward 22 farmers with SRT.

3. Mahila Arthik Vikas Mandal (MAVIM), Gadchiroli.

This is excellent work with SRT for tribal women in the naxal affected Gadchiroli district. Because of the long distance and lack of funds our frequency to reach the farmers is limited; if it can be improved much more better results and data collection will be possible.

Leading newspaper Sakal had a article on the success being achieved by these farmers.

4. Lupin Foundation, Pune.

The team is doing very good persistent work about SRT for last two years. 18 farmers are making good progress with rice and groundnut crop in Junnar Taluka of Pune district.

5. Mannashakti, Lonavala.

This NGO is concerned about environmental aspects. On their small private hill they face wildfire problem every year. Now they have accepted to work with SRT principles to resolve the problem of wildfire. Also to create friendly environment on the hill slope, they have planted live contour of Wild Banana, Karavanda, Nirgudi, Vetiver grass and Wild Date palm by SRT principles.

Mannashakti Hill


1. Maharashtra Agriculture Department.

Agriculture department accepted SRT on trail basis for the Public Private Partnership – Integrated Agriculture Development(PPP-IAD) program in 2014-15. Now they have taken up this regenerative method of farming for their “Unnat Sheti, Samruddha Shetakari Abhiyan“. Quite a few serious agricultural officials are effectively able to showcase good SRT plots, by the SRT farmers in their command area.

2. Forest Department.

  • Bhandardara section of forest department has taken keen interest helping farmers in the forest region with SRT persistently for last 3 years. Their success is extraordinarily good.
  • Research and Development wing of forest has liked the idea of using SRT principles to prevent wildfires. They invited us for presentation and further interaction is in progress.

Forest Dept Farmer

3. National Water Academy(NWA), Pune.

They were impressed about SRT getting the international “WatSave Farmer Award 2016“. After interaction with them they are actively participating with our team with the objective of sharing knowledge for efficient use of water and effective water infiltration into the ground.

NWA Farmer

Saguna Rice Technique(SRT) definition:

It is a Conservation Agriculture (CA), Zero Till method of farming which does not cause atrocity of tillage, completely stops soil erosion, promotes natural production of earthworms, increases organic carbon of the soil, considerably increases productivity of the land and added effect of amazing happiness and confidence to the farmer.

As the South West Monsoon 2017 starts its preparations for withdrawal, we made an attempt to film flourishing rice fields at Saguna Baug using an angle never attempted before. Using a GoPro Hero 4 camera generously sponsored by JSW Foundation. And we’re so happy to share it with you all.


2 thoughts on “Newsletter No. 14 : Introducing SRT’s dearest friends

  1. Dear Shekar,

    Greetings and thank you for sharing this good news about your initiative.

    Excellent idea to start a website for SRT. Now it will have a wider reach to interested people. Congratulations.


    1. Wish SRT team all the best for the new initiative !!

      Sudhir Goel

      Former ACS,
      Govt. of Mah.

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