I am pleased to inform you that AgSri received Millennium Award for its innovation in November 2014 for developing protocols and testing SSI method with Indian farmers. SSI saves water, inputs and produces more. Such innovation need to be promoted globally, particularly from one developing country to other developing country. As part of its commitment to Millennium Award, AgSri is transferring SSI methodology from India to Kenya. After working with Kenyan farmers, drawing the experiences from the field, SSI will be fine tuned to suite the African conditions. In future AgSri also hopes to facilitate exchange between Indian farmers and Kenyan farmers to further improve SSI and other ecological friendly methods of agricultural practices. AgSri, one of the first project developers to issue WBCs under the Water Benefit Standard, was the recipient of an award from the Millennium Alliance on the 25th of November in Delhi, India for their innovative Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI) techniques. The award, given to nearly 20 organizations throughout India, recognizes AgSri’s contributions to providing “more with less” through a number of simple interventions in collaboration with smallholder sugarcane farmers in Maharashtra. We would like to congratulate AgSri on their success and are looking forward to our future collaboration as they expand their operations throughout India and abroad. The Millennium Alliance is an organization that promotes sustainable development and innovation in India. Partners include the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the Technology Development Board (Department of Science and Technology, Government of India), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), ICCO Cooperation, ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth and the Wadhwani Initiative for Sustainable Health (WISH).
(Photo: Jagadish Ramadugu (Right) and Sraban Kumar Dalai (Left) of AgSri are pictured receiving the award at the event)
AgSri has conducted three days training program on SSI methodology to sugar growing farmers and about 450 participants were trained.
Also watch the video of the National TV Coverage, KTN News Channel, Kendya. Western Kenya Sugar Company Ltd. is set to introduce the Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI) as it seeks to improve its sugar production.
PS: Apologies for the delay in informing the above award.