System of root (or rice) intensification: The tales of miracle harvests

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Nalanda district, an agricultural village in Bihar, India’s poorest state, was until recent times a placid, quiet village with no electricity and a place where farmers still favor animal power for ploughing and their (animal) dung for cooking. Before now, it was probably only known to produce buyers, extension agents and development workers.

All that has changed now, and at the heart of this change is a string of “miracle harvests” that have broken world yield records, generated a lot of debate, and have brought many development groups, other farmers, politicians, scientists and researchers – including the Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz – to their doorstep not only to investigate and verify their claims but to learn from them.

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About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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