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From Bihar’s ‘Kisan Chachi’ To UP’s ‘Hi-Tech Banana King’ – 10 Padma Shri Winners Of 2019 Who Promote Organic Farming

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The Padma Shri Awards 2019 have been conferred upon as many as ten farmers from across nine Indian states who have left their mark in agriculture, be it through progressive, innovative methods or by preserving the traditional farming practices sans the use of chemicals or mechanisation. At a time when heavy use of chemicals in agriculture is raising serious health concerns, the recognition of organic farmers across India would surely boost the much-needed change in farming practices.

Rajkumari Devi

Rajkumari Devi, everyone’s beloved ‘Kisan Chachi’ from Muzaffarpur, Bihar, has brought the rural women from her village out of the confines of home and hearth to the forefront of farming and earning. Once a voiceless housewife, Rajkumari discovered a new window of opportunity for her struggling family when she shifted to organic farming of vegetables in the mere two and a half bighas of the family plot, originally meant for tobacco cultivation.

Padma Shri 2019 Agriculture

Soon, Rajkumari started making jams, jellies and pickles from her produce and ventured out into the local market, now as a businesswoman. She marketed her products across villages in a bicycle, which earned her the epithet ‘Bicycle Chachi’. Rajkumari roped in local women who formed Self Help Groups among themselves to participate in farming and small scale cottage businesses.

Babulal Dahiya

72-year-old Babulal Dahiya is a postmaster and poet-turned-paddy farmer from Pithaurabad village in Madhya Pradesh. In a  two-acre plot, he has revived 110 indigenous varieties of rice in a completely organic manner.

Padma Shri 2019 Agriculture

Babulal, an adept poet and storyteller in the local Bagheli language, unearthed the names of a few unknown varieties of paddy in the tribal folklores he used to recite. This fuelled his interest to preserve these endangered varieties which were once an integral part of the traditional cuisine. Since 2005, he has been collecting paddy seeds from farmers across India and has sown them in his own land. He is also growing around 100 varieties of grains, pulses and vegetables in another 6 acres of land.

Vallabhbhai Vasrambhai Marvaniya

The 96-year-old farmer from Junagarh, Gujarat was the one to introduce carrot in the food plates of Gujarat. Before 1943, no one in Gujarat was aware that carrots are edible for humans, in fact, quite nutritious. Vallabhbhai, a school dropout teenager back then, was helping his father in their family farm when out of curiosity he tried tasting a carrot from the cattle feed. He persuaded his father to grow and sell this new vegetable, which became a common addition to the Gujarati cuisine in no time.

Padma Shri 2019 Agriculture

Vallabhbhai has developed the highly nutritious and high-yielding ‘Madhuvan Gajar’ carrot variety. Aside from practising organic farming throughout his life, the ‘Madhuvan Gajaron ke Vidhaata’ (God of Madhuvan Gajar) also started drip irrigation and mulching methods in the state.

Kanwal Singh Chauhan

This progressive farmer from Sonepat, Haryana brought prosperity to the farming families in his village Aterna by promoting the cultivation of HM-4 hybrid variety of baby corn. Presently, Aterna is the top producer of baby corn in India. Chauhan also introduced organic farming to mushroom, sweet corn and tomato in his village, benefitting over 5,000 farmers.

Padma Shri 2019 Agriculture

Kamala Pujhari

A tribal woman from Koraput, 69-year-old Kamala Pujhari was appointed by Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik as a member of the Odisha Planning Board in 2018. She is a noted agricultural activist, who is known to have convinced local tribal villagers to ditch chemicals and switch to organic farming practices.

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Kamala first came to the limelight for preserving over a hundred traditional paddy varieties as well as endangered breeds of black cumin, sesame, turmeric, maha Kanta, phula, ghantia etc. In 2004, she was adjudged the best woman farmer by the Odisha Govt.

Jagdish Prasad Parikh

Jagdish Prasad Parikh is an unlettered farmer from Ajitgarh village in Rajasthan, whose name has entered the Limca Book of Records for growing one of the largest cauliflowers of the world – the ‘Ajitgarh variety’ which weighs 25.5 kg. 

Padma Shri 2019 Agriculture

Interestingly, Parikh has earned his name and fame through his astounding agro-innovations using traditional methods, despite having no proper scientific know-how. In 2017, he received an IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) for his high-yielding and pest-resistant innovative crops.

Hukumchand Patidar

He is the founder of Swami Vivekanand Agricultural Research Farm in Jhalawar, Rajasthan, from where organic crops are exported to Australia, Germany, France, New Zealand, Japan and Korea. In fact, students from these countries frequent Patidar’s farm to learn organic farming from him.

Padma Shri 2019 Agriculture
Patidar (right) receiving an award for his contribution

Patidar has been practising organic farming since 2004 in his 40 acres of land. Despite suffering initial losses, he has overcome many roadblocks to become one of the pioneers of organic farming in India.

Bharat Bhushan Tyagi

Tyagi, a science graduate from Delhi University, has been practising organic farming for over thirty years in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh. He has trained over 1,00,000 farmers and their families in organic farming and has established an agricultural research and training centre in his village.

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Venkateswara Rao Yadlapalli

This organic farmer from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh has harnessed modern-day technology to promote organic farming among thousands. He has recently launched mobile apps on natural and allied farming.

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Credits: Deccan Chronicle

Besides, he is the proprietor of three popular magazines – ‘Rythunestham’, ‘Pasunestham’ and ‘Prakruthi Nestham’ – focussing on natural farming, animal husbandry and horticulture respectively. Every year, Yadlapalli also proffers felicitations and awards for organic farmers with remarkable achievements.

Ram Saran Verma

Uttar Pradesh’s ‘Hi-Tech Banana King’ Ram Saran Verma introduced tissue culture to generate tremendous produce of bananas in the wheat-dominated lands of Daulatpur. Born in a farmer family with only 4 acres of land, Verma had to sacrifice his dreams of higher studies due to financial constraints. In his youth, he travelled far and wide to learn newer agricultural methods from farmers and agro-scientists. When his proposal of banana farming was turned down by his family seniors, he started the same on his own in only 1 acre of land.

Padma Shri 2019 Agriculture

Within a few years, his name was known far and wide for the incredible profits he earned. Today, his methods have facilitated over 50,000 farmers from neighbouring villages.

In the animal husbandry sector, Sultan Singh has been awarded for his contribution to pisciculture along with Narendra Singh for dairy-breeding.

Efforts For Good salutes the amazing achievements of all these organic farming crusaders of India and congratulates them on receiving the prestigious Padma Shri awards.

Also Read: 10 Social Entrepreneurs Who Made 2018 A Little Better For All Of Us

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With the extension of the lockdown the crisis of migrant labourers and daily wagers has just grown bigger due to uncertainty and fear of future. In the migrant colonies, slums and for people in the villages hunger and desperation is building up day by day. This is high time we step up our efforts to support our people who are in dire need of food and hygiene essentials to survive the pandemic, Covid-19.

After the India-wide lockdown, a lot of jobless migrant workers are stuck in cities with hardly any resources while many started retreating back to their villages. With the loss of livelihoods, a large number of them are now struggling to support their families.

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“COVID-19 is a crisis, yes…But, it’s also an opportunity for us to build the society anew. Not ‘for’ the people…but, ‘with’ the people. And in the process, we will build ourselves too.” – Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director, Goonj.

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Wherever Goonj got the permission to open their centres for packing and disbursement of relief material kits, they are creating a kit consisting of 20-30 kgs material including dry rations, masks, sanitary pads and other hygiene material and reaching them to people, as per needs and as per regulations with all safety precautions. This kit will help a family survive for 30 days.

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