Dr. R. S. Paroda is the most decorated personality to be honoured at the Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards 2013. Over the years, he has put in his heart and soul into strengthening the national agricultural research system in India, Central Asia and the Caucasus. And in helping establish the Asia Pacific Seed Association and the Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions. He was instrumental in setting up three of the largest and most modern national gene banks in the world.
In the past, he held several important positions like Chairman, Governing Board of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT); Member, Policy Advisory Council of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR); Secretary, Government of India in the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE); and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
Under his leadership the ICAR and DARE have attained new heights through infrastructure expansion and long-term programme and policy formulation. He has also chaired the Global Forum on Agricultural Research from 1998 to 2001. And had a global role in the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research that contributed immensely to the prosperity of farmers and the development of agriculture.
He has received numerous awards for his unparalleled contributions to agriculture – the ‘Padma Bhushan’ presented by President of India; ‘Outstanding Research Partner’ award, presented by ICRISAT; and the ‘Norman E. Borlaug’ award.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Dr. R.S. Paroda by awarding him the ‘Krishi Shiromani Samman 2013’.
With 17 years of experience in agriculture, Moti Singh Rawat introduced an innovation unlike any in his field. He used the poly-house artificial atmosphere control method for growing off-season vegetables like hybrid capsicum and tomatoes. He also made his own bio-insecticides, pesticides and equipped his farms with a mobile phone-operated drip irrigation technology.
He was also the first farmer in Rajasthan to be recognised by the state government for using a poly-house technique for growing vegetables.
His innovations saw him develop good relations with agri-experts, agri-universities and scientists from Krishi Vigyan Kendras. In recognition of his efforts, many awards and certificates of honour from the state governments and authorities have been presented to him like the 'Best Practices in Agriculture Award' by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the 'Green House Management Certificate' by International Horticulture Innovation & Training Centre (Jaipur), and the 'Excellent Farmers Award' by Haldar Times.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Moti Singh Rawat by awarding him the 'Krishi Samrat Samman 2013'.
With 23 years of agricultural expertise under his belt, Arvindbhai Bhagwanbhai Patel made a significant impact in the field. He used solar operated knapsack sprayers and solar operated submersible pumps as part of his cultivation process. As a result, he saw a 600 kg/acre increase in farm produce. And the decrease in labour charges and electricity spends brought the cost of cultivation down by Rs 4845/acre. For his efforts, he has received accolades like the 'Indian Innovative Initiative – 2013 Award', presented by CII & Department of Science and Technology, Government of India; the 'Best ATMA Farmer Award – 2009/10', presented by ATMA, Gandhinagar; the 'Sardar Patel Agriculture Research Award – 2011/12', presented by Department of Agriculture, Government of Gujarat; and a letter of appreciation from IDWJ & Department of Agriculture.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. ArvindbhaiBhagavanbhai Patel by awarding him the 'Krishi Samrat Samman 2013'.
Karnataka's Rudrappa Zulapi has been farming for 17 years. He has used all his agricultural knowledge to come up with the wide row, single eye bud system, and organic farming techniques to improve his crops. He also recycled farm wastes in his field to increase soil fertility. As a result, he saw his farm output increase by 25000 kg/acre and costs of cultivation reduce to Rs 3000/acre from Rs 15,000/acre due to decrease in labour costs and spends on seeds. He has received several awards like the 'State Award for Organic Farming – 2005', presented by Sri Annadaneshawara Sansthanamata, Halakere; 'Certificate for Organic Farming- 2011', presented by University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot; and the 'KrishiPandit Award – Feb 2012', presented by Karnataka State Government.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Rudrappa Mallappa Zulpi by by awarding him the 'Krishi Samrat Samman 2013'.
Tapan Nandi used his 30 years of agricultural experience to produce great results by cultivating scented Paddy through the SRI (System of Rice Intensification) method, a unique case in West Bengal. As a result, he achieved a 580 kg/acre increase in his farm produce. Cost of cultivation reduced to Rs 7,800/ acre from Rs 10,500/acre due to decrease in spends on seeds, insecticides and pesticides. Water required for irrigation through SRI was 40% less. His efforts have seen him feature in an article published by Rural Banker, SBIRD, Hyderabad. He was also sent a letter of appreciation (organic farming) by Prof. M.S. Swaminathan and NABARD, Kolkatta; a letter of recognition (organic farming) by KVK, Burdwan, West Bengal; and an invitation letter for radio telecast by Doordarshan Kendra, Kolkata.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Tapan Kumar Nandi by awarding him the 'Krishi Samrat Samman 2013'.
R. Sakthivel's 17 years of hard work in agriculture culminated into a National Award at the Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards 2013. He designed and implemented an extracting system, which helped him boost his Sugarcane production by 13000 kg/acre. A concept he presented at the 6th national level K.V.K conference, Jabalpur.
His system works as a four-part process –first, cow dung and urine are collected and mixed thoroughly. This solution is then filtered through to a second compartment, where solid and liquid matter is separated. The solid is then used for biogas production, while the liquid moves into the third chamber. Here, jaggery is added to the mix to ferment it. The final step of the process involves adding water and releasing the nutrient rich extract into the field via drip irrigation.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Sakthivel R. by awarding him the 'Krishi Samrat Samman 2013'.
With close to four decades of know-how in agriculture, Chaturbhai Bhagvanbhai Gedia came up with an ingenious idea to enhance his yield. He used drip irrigation in Cotton crops and invented a multi-purpose implement that can be attached to a tractor and used for preparing land as well as perform intercultural operations. These operations include tillage, ridge making, two-time weeding and fertiliser drilling, which can all be performed by the same implement. As a result, productivity rose by 290 kg/acre. Less consumption of fuel and low labour costs led to fall in cost of cultivation by 2041/acre. He has also been felicitated with awards like the 'Krishi Na Rashi Award – 2012', presented by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi; the 'Sardar Vallabhai Patel Puruskar- 2012', presented by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi; the 'Best ATMA Farmers Award – 2010/11', presented by IDWG & Department of Agriculture, Government of Gujarat; and the 'Best ATMA Farmers Award – 2011/12', presented by Gujarat Agriculture Minister Shri. Dilipbhai Sanghani.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Chaturbhai Bhagvanbhai Gedia by awarding him the 'Krishi Samrat Samman 2013'.
GanpatLal Nagar used mechanisation for preparing seedbeds and intercropped SafedMusli with Coriander. As a result, his yield went up by 1200 kg/ acre. Cost of cultivation went down by a dramatic 1,55,020/acre owing to a 90% drop in labour costs. Water required for irrigation was 40% less. He made an additional profit of 64,000. He has featured in articles in Haldar Times, Rajasthan Patrka and CITA. Recently he participated in 'Jugaad Promotion Exhibition & Patent Facilitation Workshop- 2012', held by Pacific Academy of Higher Education and Research University, and a radio program by Doordarshan sharing agri related knowledge. His efforts have also won him awards such as the 'Progressive Farmer Award', presented by Indian Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi; and the 'Advance Horticulture Management Certificate', presented by International Horticulture Innovation and Training Centre, Jaipur.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. GanpatLal Nagar by awarding him the 'Krishi Samrat Samman 2013'.
Bapukon Nath has made many important contributions to Indian agriculture for the last 28 years. Off late, he used the SRI technique of cultivating paddy in his field and sowed mustard in the inter-row spacing to absorb residual soil moisture. As a result, his yield increased by 1400 kg/acre. Cost of cultivation dropped by Rs 3400/acre. The water required for irrigation was 40% less. Agriculture Department, Government of Assam has presented him a certificate of appreciation for his contributions to the field.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Bapukon Nath by awarding him the 'Krishi Samrat Samman 2013'.
P. Azhagar is probably one of the most experienced farmers in India today, with more than three and a half decades in agriculture. He is an active member of the 'Tamil Nadu Grassroots Innovations Association, Madurai', the 'Organic Farming Association of India' and the 'Government Horticulture College'. President, 'Tamil Nadu Organic Farm Movement'; special member, 'National Drumstick Research Center, TNAU, Coimbatore' and part of steering committee, 'Ozone Production Management Committee, Tamil Nadu'. He developed a new variety of drumstick by cross breeding several local varieties of the plant. Naming it 'Improved.
Pallapatti Alagarsamy Vellimalai Murugan (PAVM1)'. He has also developed air layering for vegetative propagation of the plant and an organic tonic using panchkavya, themoore, fish amino acid and microorganism as ingredients, which is used for treating flower drooping, increasing fruit growth and enhancing fruit shine.
He has also been honoured with the 'CITI South Zone Award for Micro Entrepreneur – 2008', presented by Citi Group, New Delhi; the 'Best Innovator Award- 2008', presented by Dindugal Farmers Association; the 'National Sastri Samman Award – 2006', presented by Sastri Innovation Foundation, Ahmedabad; the 'Golden Achiever Award – 2006, presented by Bharathi Cultural Association; the 'Organic Agriculture Gyanni Award – 2006', presented by Tamil Pannai, Dindugal; and the 'National Moringa Scientist Award – 2003', presented by Tamil Nadu Organic Farmers Movement, Chennai.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. P. Azhagar by awarding him the 'Krishi Samrat Samman 2013'.
Manjeet Singh Saluja has tried a lot of different things in his field over the past 26 years. One of his most famous innovations being integrated nutrient management and plastic mulching with atomised drip irrigation. As a result, he saw his farm produce grow by 44% and it was of a much better quality too. His harvest was on time, resulting in less wastage. He saved greatly on fertiliser cost due to mulching. His efforts have been appreciated at the 'Krishak Samman Samaroh' organised by Agriculture Department Rajandgaon. He has also been presented the 'Progressive Cultivation Practices in Chilli Award' by Spices Board of India, Cochin.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Manjeet Singh Saluja by awarding him the 'Krishi Samrat Samman 2013'.
Sudhir Kumar Mondal decided to change the practices in his fields after spending nearly half his life in agriculture. He used mechanisation for paddy seed production with the help of K.V.K, Burdwan and the Annadata ETV program. As a result, his productivity saw a staggering 99.5% increase. Cost of cultivation came down by Rs 3000/ acre. He saved Rs 1770/acre on labour cost. Water requirement for irrigation dropped 40%. He was able to earn an additional income of Rs 2400/acre. His efforts have also been recognised by K.V.K, Burdwan, ICAR through a certificate of recognition.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Sudhir Kumar Mondal by awarding him the 'Krishi Samrat Samman 2013'.
Sushila Gabel has come a long way in her 33 years in agriculture. She is the District President, Swarna Jayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojna & Ready to Eat Yojna, where she runs eight self-help groups comprising of 10-12 women each. She trains them in organic cultivation and food processing. She also sells vermi-compost to farmers and various other societies. With the help of K.V.K, Janjgir, she adopted SRI method of rice cultivation and use of bio pesticides in her farm.
She competed in Agri tech Krishi Mela organised by District Horticulture Department. Her efforts have also won her many accolades like the 'Harvest of Hope Award', presented by Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Government of India; the 'Mahila Prathiba Samman', presented by Lions Club, Janjgir; and the 'Krishak Samriddhi Samman', presented by Chattisgarh Rajya Mahila Ayog Committee.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Smt. Sushila Gabel by awarding her the 'Krishi Prerna Samman 2013'.
In her 20 years in agriculture, Jaya Devi has done enough for other women to look up to her. She has been at the center of setting up watershed management system in her village and encouraging community farming. She has also successfully experimented with hybrid seeds and the SRI technique of cultivating Paddy. As a result, Paddy yields in her village increased by 320 kg/acre. The cost of cultivation reduced significantly. She has been able to generate employment opportunities in her village. She has also been honoured with the 'Real Hero Award of India', presented by Reliance; the 'National Youth Award – 2008', presented by Ministry of Youth Affairs, Government of India. She has earned a prestigious fellowship at the Jamshedji Tata National Virtual Academy.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Smt. Jaya Devi by awarding her the 'KrishiPrernaSamman 2013'.
Being brought up in a farmer family, Saroja's entire life has revolved around agriculture. Her work in the field makes her a worthwhile winner of the Krishi Prerna Samman 2013. Under the guidelines of R.G. Gollar (JDA), she used the SRI technique of cultivating rice, along with conserving Desi Paddy varieties for seed purpose. She has also practiced organic farming. As a result, she saw an increase of 400 kg/acre in her yields. Costs of cultivation dropped nearly 80% due to fall in labour and seed costs. The soil in her farm retained its fertility. She is also a recipient of the 'Environment Award for Organic Farming 2011', presented by State Chief Minister; the 'Krishi Pandit Award – 2008/09', presented by Agricultural Department, State Government; and the 'Krishi Jeevavaividya Award – 2010/11 (Cereals and Pulses division)', presented by State Government.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Smt. Saroja N Patil by awarding her the 'Krishi Prerna Samman 2013'.
35 years in agriculture has helped Bhagwati Devi put her resources to the most productive use. She laid out a drip irrigation system in her Pomegranate orchard and developed a termite control technology using Eucalyptus wood. As a result, her output grew by 70%. The water she saved on growing Pomegranate was recycled for cultivating Wheat and other crops, leading to greater earnings coupled with savings on labour costs and time. Her article has featured in a publication on termite control, published by DFID. She has also won a host of accolades like the 'Termite Control Technology Award', presented by K.V.K, Fatehpur Sikri, Bikaner; the 'Innovation in Agriculture', presented by CITA, New Delhi; and the 'Farmer Scientist' honour, bestowed upon her by Agriculture Minister Shri. Sharad Pawar.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Smt. Bhagwati Devi by awarding her the 'Krishi Prerna Samman 2013'.
An MBA in International Agri Business Management, Nileshkumar Patel understands agriculture inside and out. He is currently working as Block Development Officer in Panchmahal district for Aatma project. He also runs his own schools to share his knowledge and innovations with farmers to benefit them. In a period of 5 years, he has already made a name for himself by innovating with the unusual mixed cropping pattern of Cotton and Watermelon and using silver black polythene mulch and drip irrigation system.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Nileshkumar Patel by awarding him the 'Krishi Yuva Samman 2013'.
Bandana Kumari helped her community rise by using her agri-knowledge to their betterment. After successfully trying out pumps for winnowing her fields, she demonstrated to fellow farmers its benefits, and convinced them to adopt mechanisation for winnowing. More than 20,000 farmers took her advice and benefitted. As a result, she saw her yield goes up by 450 kg/acre. Her cultivation cost dropped drastically. Her crop grew at a much faster pace than before.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Smt. Bandana Kumari by awarding her the 'Krishi Yuva Samman 2013'
Mallapa Sabu Bidari has only been in agriculture for 4 years and the awards are already pouring in. He has been practicing organic farming and conserving water used for irrigation through mulching. He also grows green manure crops to plough them back into the soil. As a result, his farm output has risen by 10,000 kg/acre. Lesser spends on pesticides and synthetic fertilisers have helped the costs of cultivation reduce. He made an additional income of Rs 2000/acre owing to intercropping with Cowpea.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Mallappa Sabu Bidari by awarding him the 'Krishi Yuva Samman 2013'.
Shivraj Saini took the effort of trying something new after using traditional methods of cultivation for nearly a decade. He experimented with the method of ratooning in Lady Finger. As a result, he saw his output double from 52,500 kg/acre to 1,31,250 kg/acre. He was able to sell the crop throughout the year, which helped him earn more during off-season.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Shivraj Saini by awarding him the 'Krishi Yuva Samman 2013'.
A Division of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), KrishiBhavan,
IFT 1 – Development of Hybrid Rice
CRRI, Cuttack developed a hybrid variety of Rice called CRDhan 701 for shallow lowlands of eastern India and for commercialisation of hybrid seed production. This variety is a cross between CRMS 31A and CRL22R through heterosis breeding, utilising the CGMS type of male sterility (3-line system of hybrid breeding).
IFT 2 –Development of rice variety for rain fed drought prone area
They also developed Sahbhagidan, a drought and blast tolerant, semi-tall, early duration variety of rice for cultivation in rain fed drought prone areas. This is a result of a cross between IR55419-04*2/ way Rarem and IR55419-04 (drought tolerant donor).
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI), Cuttack, Orissa; a division of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), KrishiBhavan, New Delhi by awarding them the 'Krishi Sansthan Samman 2013'.
A Division of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR),
IFT 1 – Development of Indegenous Aeroponics Technology.
CPRI, Shimla developed a modern technology called Indegenous Aeroponics Technology for Potato cultivation.
IFT 2 - Development of Kufri Gaurav – nutrient efficient variety
They also developed Kufri Gaurav, a nutrient use efficient variety of potatoes – high nutrient use efficiency of nitrogen: 10-24%, phosphorous: 12-23% and potassium: 16-26%.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI), Shimla, Himachal Pradesh; a division of Indian Council of Agriculture Research, New Delhi by awarding them the 'Krishi Sansthan Samman 2013'.
A Division of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Krishi Bhavan,
IFT 1 – rain fed skip row method of cultivating Groundnut
UAS, Dharwad helped make the life of Groundnut farmers easy. They developed Rain fed, skip row method for cultivating Groundnut as well as broad bed method of cultivating the same during Rabi season.
This technique developed by UAS has shown tremendous promise:
IFT 2 – UAS Dharwad also developed a hybrid variety of sugarcane called SNK 632, along with eco-friendly management of Root Grub and Wooly Aphid.
This technique too has shown tremendous results:
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of UAS, Dharwad by awarding them the ‘Krishi Shiksha Samman 2013’
Anand Agricultural University, Vadodara developed bio fertilisers that help increase the shelf life of farm produce. They used plant growth promoting bacteria and 3 phosphate solublisers as ingredients to formulate:
As a result of applying Anubhav Liquid Fertilizer PGPB Consortium to the seed and soil at the time of sowing, and foliar spray of Anubhav Liquid Fertilizer PGPB Metabolite at 45DAS/ DATP, the shelf life of cereals have shown an increase. This resulted in a 25% drop in the cost of cultivation.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Anand Agricultural University, Vadodara by awarding them the ‘Krishi Shiksha Samman 2013’.
Operational area of the institute: Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Uttranchal IFT – Bee keeping in eastern Rajasthan
Farmers in eastern Rajasthan were finding it difficult to remain profitable. There was less income generated from farming owing to high soil salinity, while fewer returns from small landholdings led to migration of youth and unemployment. Bee keeping acted as an alternate source of income for the farmers. This was aided by cultivation of salt tolerant mustard crop, the flowers of which serve as a source of nectar for bees.
The results were astounding:
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Lupin Human Welfare and Research Foundation, a division of Lupin Limited, Mumbai by awarding them the ‘Krishi Sahyog Samman 2013’.
IFT 1 – Electrification of Thalingi tribal village with biogas
This NGO set up two biogas plants in the village of Thalingi to convert biogas produced from organic matter into heat and electricity.
This project massively impacted the people of the village:
IFT 2 – Wealth from waste through vermicomposting
They have also collected waste from different places to convert it into value added organic manure.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Development Society by awarding them the ‘Krishi Sahyog Samman 2013’.
IFT 1 – Application of botanical pesticide in paddy
Kalyan Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Purulia applied botanical pesticide, Parasi, on standing Paddy crop and achieved remarkable success.
IFT 2 - Refined land preparation practice for moisture conservation in Sugarcane
It has also helped sugarcane farmers with land preparation practices so they could conserve soil moisture.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements Kalyan Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Purulia, West Bengal; a division of Ramkrishna Mission Lokasikha Parishad, Kolkata by awarding them the ‘KrishiVigyan Kendra Samman 2013’.
IFT 1 – Direct seeding of Rice with drum seeder
RASS, Chitoor tried their hand at direct seeding of Rice with drum seeder. This is what they achieved:
IFT 2 – Mechanisation in Groundnut
They also tried mechanisation in Groundnut – sowing seeds with a tractor drawn seed drill and harvesting with a tractor drawn Groundnut digger.
Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable RASS - Acharya Ranga Krishi Vigyan Kendra; a division of Rashtriya Seva Samithi by awarding them the ‘Krishi Vigyan Kendra Samman 2013’.
ఛైర్మన్,ట్రస్ట్ ఫర్ అడ్వాన్స్ మెంట్ ఆఫ్ అగ్రికల్చరల్ సైన్సెస్(టిఎఎఎస్)
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