The project is supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme, which is co-funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Federal Republic of Germany and being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

The SPIRiT project aims to improve agricultural productivity, efficiency and livelihoods for 10,000 farmers & 1200 agri-farm support persons by training them in the areas of resource conservation, water saving, plant population management, improved harvesting & best crop management practices in the rice and wheat cropping system over a period of 15-months starting December 2013.

SPIRiT is an innovative on-field training program to boost the productivity of small rice farmers by 8-15% per acre per rice season, while conserving 25%-35% water and agricultural resources along with other benefits like skill enhancement, improvement in farmers ’ income & livelihoods. The project aims to train farmers in newer and innovative methods/techniques of rice and wheat farming that include:

Alternate Wetting and Drying
Direct Seeding of Rice (DSR)
Optimum Plant Population Management
Resource conservation sowing techniques like zero tillage wheat sowing; and
Harvesting, best crop management and best fertilizer management practices