TERI's Research Initiative at Supi for Himalayan Advancement (TRISHA), situated at 7,500 feet, is a distinct venture towards sustainable development.
This adventure began in 2003 when the Government of Uttarakhand provided 7.5 hectares in Supi village on lease for 30 years.
Since then, various facilties have been developed at the centre. These include a vermicomposting unit to produce biofertiliser, polyhouses and glasshouses, an oil distillation unit, herbal garden, air quality monitoring unit, a knowledge-cum-training centre, the Kumaon Vani community radio facility, and a rainwater harvesting system, among others.
Since agriculture is the main occupation, research and extension has been largely undertaken to improve the livelihoods of local farmers. Our approach encompasses a strategy to enhance land productivity using sustainable biotechnological approaches and harmonising modern technologies and traditional knowledge.
Outreach and awareness creation are an important part of TERI's work in the area. Since 2007, TERI has expanded its work in more and more villages with support from Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, the National Bank For Agriculture And Rural Development (NABARD) and others.