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Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Award 2013

To recognise individuals and institutions that have risen above the ordinary by accepting no limits, thinking innovatively and driving positive change in the field of agriculture.

Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, the market leader in the Indian Tractor Industry with two large brands, Mahindra and Swaraj, is the world’s top Tractor Company. Mahindra & Mahindra has been at the forefront of the Indian Agri space through its Mahindra Samriddhi initiatives.

Mahindra Samriddhi is committed to enhance agri productivity in Indian farms and drive prosperity in the farming community; because at Mahindra, we believe that agri-prosperity is key to strengthening the nation’s growth on the world socio-economic map.

In keeping with Mahindra’s core purpose of RISE, Mahindra & Mahindra has instituted the Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards. The three pillars on which RISE is built are accepting no limits, driving positive change and alternate thinking. These awards are a platform that will recognise purposeful contributions, made by individuals and institutions, who have risen above the ordinary by accepting no limits, thinking innovatively and driving positive change in the field of agriculture. The award trophy reflects the remarkable achievements of the change leaders in agriculture: a golden wheat stalk design that represents the golden harvest in Indian farms and the aspirations and accomplishments of the Indian agriculture community.

Now in its third edition, these awards are instituted to acknowledge the best practices across nine categories, at national and regional levels, and a lifetime achievement award as a tribute to the heroes of Indian agriculture. Prior to the award ceremony, the Town Hall session will act as an open forum where eminent agri-experts, agriculturalists, farmers and agriculture students will discuss the key agricultural topics, ‘Role of Youth in Farming’ and ‘Agri Vision 2020 – Driving Positive Change’. These awards are an endeavour of Mahindra & Mahindra to acknowledge the best in Indian agriculture and bring forth and share the commendable practices in Indian agriculture for a larger community benefit.

ANAND MAHINDRA MESSAGE

The prosperity of the Indian farming community has always been an important part of the Mahindra Group credo. Mahindra Samriddhi, and its 157 centres across India actively promote innovation and deliver technology in the field of agriculture.

Today’s farmers are modern, vibrant and highly responsive. It is amazing how quick they are to innovate, and how well they execute innovative ideas. So, it is an honour and a privilege to support and encourage this quest for innovation of our Indian farming community through the Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards.

These awards are not only a platform for recognising innovation, but also a call to action. Through this forum, stories of innovation and dedication to a craft are shared on a nationwide platform. These men and women of the soil are the backbone of India’s growth story. Their continuing efforts and contributions to Indian Agriculture are pivotal for India’s quest to raise yield and productivity standards.

I am extremely gratified to see these empowered individuals take centre stage. They are living examples of our RISE philosophy in action. My heartfelt congratulations to all the award winners. Your achievements are truly extraordinary.

ABOUT MAHINDRA SAMRIDDHI

Mahindra Samriddhi is an initiative to enhance farm productivity, drive Farmtech Prosperity, and change the lives of farmers across India. Samriddhi Centres are transformed tractor dealerships, which act as a one stop solution, and provide farmers with knowledge and Innovative Farming Technologies (IFT). As of today, there are 157 Samriddhi Centres disseminating IFT to farmer communities across India. Under this initiative 65,684 soil samples have been tested and over 2,02,629 farmers have availed of services from Mahindra Samriddhi.

Delivery Channels for providing Innovative Farming Technologies

  • Soil and Irrigation Water Testing: Recommending farmers on the quantity of organic and inorganic fertilizers/water to be supplemented and the method and time of application
  • Agri Counseling: Oral dissemination of Innovative Farming Technologies (IFT) by subject matter specialists from agricultural universities
  • Result and Method Demonstration: Demonstrations in productivity demo farm on Innovative Farming Technologies (IFT)
  • Agri Clinic for Horizontal Deployment: Horizontal deployment of counseled Innovative Farming Technologies (IFT) to farmers’ fields
  • Agri Institutions Visit: Arranging farmers’ visits to Agri Institutions for acquiring in-depth crop knowledge
  • Tech Interface: Disseminating knowledge in regional languages on cultivation practices for over 50 crops, weather forecast, commodity prices, mandi availability, loan and insurance schemes, global agricultural news and events and the success stories of farmers
  • Farmers’ Library: Disseminating knowledge in regional languages on Kharif and Rabi Crops through crops related magazines
  • Quality Agri Inputs: Providing quality agri seeds and crop care products for productivity increase
  • Custom hiring for Farm Implements: Crop-specific farm mechanisation solutions on hire
  • Toll-free Helpline: Dedicated 24 hour helpline to address farmer queries and provide relevant solutions in regional languages
  • Irrigation solutions: Providing solutions to farmers in modern scientific water management through customised micro-irrigation systems and agronomical support in order to achieve superior product quality and higher crop yield

NATIONAL AWARDS

Cash prize: National Award: Rs. 2,11,000/-

Regional Award: Rs. 51,000/-

Recognition for farmers who have been instrumental in driving sustainable and scalable innovation by leveraging Innovative Farming Technology (IFT) in agriculture, thus changing the agriculture scenario. The award winners will receive a certificate, award trophy and cash prize.


Shri. Moti Singh Rawat

Location: Rajsamandh, Rajasthan
Crop: Capsicum
Category: Less than 5 acres

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.

Results:

  • Enhanced product quality
  • An astounding increase in yield from 6000 kg/acre to 50,000 kg/acre
  • Reduction in cost of cultivation from 2 lakh per acre to 1.36 lakh per acre
  • 20 farmers have benefited by following his footsteps

 

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 Sanman 2013’.


Shri. Sakthivel R.

Location: Erode, Tamil Nadu
Crop: Sugarcane
Category: 5 to 20 acres

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.

Results:

  • Costs of cultivation went down by Rs. 27,000/ acre due to reduced spends on labour wages and fertilisers
  • Increase in the soil’s water retention capacity
  • Reduction in pH value of soil from 8 to 7.3
  • 54 farmers benefited by following his footsteps

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Sakthivel R. by awarding him the ‘Krishi Samrat Sanman 2013’.


Shri. P. Azhagar

Location: Dindugal, Tamil Nadu
Crop: Drumstick
Category: More than 50 acres

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 Centre, 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.

Results:

  • 25 tonnes more output as compared to previous years
  • Shelf life of the drumstick increased by a week
  • Generated employment for women – grafting the seedlings
  • Can be planted in drought prone areas
  • 1000 farmers following his practices

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 Sanman 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 Sanman 2013’.


RUNNER UP – WEST


Shri. Arvindbhai Bhagavanbhai Patel

Location: Patan, Gujarat
Crop: Castor
Category: Less than 5 acres

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 per 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. Arvindbhai Bhagavanbhai Patel by awarding him the ‘Krishi Samrat Sanman 2013’.

 


Shri. Chaturbhai Bhagvanbhai Gedia

Location: Amreli, Gujarat
Crop: Cotton
Category: 5 to 20 acres
 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 per 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 the IDWG & Department of Agriculture, Government of Gujarat; and the ‘Best ATMA Farmers Award – 2011/12’, presented by the 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 Sanman 2013’.


Shri. Manjeet Singh Saluja

Location: Rajnandgaon, Chattisgarh
Crop: Chilli
Category: More than 50 acres
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 Sanman 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 Sanman 2013’.


RUNNER UP – SOUTH


Shri. Rudrappa Mallappa Zulpi

Location: Bagalkot, Karnataka
Crop: Sugarcane
Category: Less than 5 acres

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 Sanman 2013’.


RUNNER UP – EAST


Shri. Tapan Kumar Nandi

Location: Burdwan, West Bengal
Crop: Scented Paddy
Category: Less than 5 acres

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 per acre from Rs. 10,500 per 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 Sanman 2013’.


Shri. Bapukon Nath

Location: Darran, Assam
Crop: Paddy
Category: 5 to 20 acres

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 per 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 Sanman 2013’.


Shri. Sudhir Kumar Mondal

Location: Burdwan, West Bengal
Crop: Paddy
Category: More than 50 acres

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 programme. As a result, his productivity saw a staggering 99.5% increase. Cost of cultivation came down by Rs. 3000/ acre. He saved Rs. 1770 per 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 Sanman 2013’.


RUNNER UP – NORTH


Shri. GanpatLal Nagar

Location: Baran, Rajasthan
Crop: Safed Musli
Category: 5 to 20 acres

Ganpat Lal Nagar used mechanisation for preparing seedbeds and intercropped Safed Musli with Coriander. As a result, his yield went up by 1200 kg/acre. Cost of cultivation went down by a dramatic Rs. 1,55,020 per acre owing to a 90% drop in labour costs. Water required for irrigation was 40% less. He made an additional profit of Rs. 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 programme 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 the 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 Sanman 2013’.


Mr. Major Manmohan Singh (Retd.)

Location: Amritsar, Punjab
Crop: Kinnow
Category: More than 50 acres

Major Manmohan Singh has been farming for well over half a century. He invented a new system of crop spacing called ventilator practice – 20 x 10 foot spacing between plants, thus sowing 220 plants per acre. As a result, his productivity rose by 2400 kg/acre. Sunlight made available to the inner side of the plant resulted in a healthier, bigger sized fruit and longer life of the orchards. In recognition of his efforts, he has also been presented the ‘Award of Honour – 2009’ by Bharat Krishak Samaj; the ‘Chief Minister Award for Horticulture – 2010’ by Punjab Agricultural University; and the ‘State Award for Horticulture’ by Government of Punjab.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Major Manmohan Singh by awarding him the ‘Krishi Samrat Sanman 2013’.


NATIONAL AWARDS

Cash prize: National Award: Rs. 2,11,000/-

Regional Award: Rs. 51,000/-

Recognition for lady farmers who have broken established stereotypes and been instrumental in driving sustainable and scalable innovation by leveraging Innovative Farming Technology (IFT) in agriculture, thus changing the agriculture scenario. The award winners will receive a certificate, award trophy and cash prize.


Smt. Sushila Gabel

Location; Janjgir, Chattisgarh
Crop: Rice

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.

 

Result:

  • 124% growth in Rice output
  • Reduction in cost of cultivation due to decrease in labour and weeding costs
  • Increase in fertiliser use efficiency
  • Increase in water use efficiency
  • 10 farmers have followed her footsteps and benefited from it

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 Sanman’, presented by Lions Club, Janjgir; and the ‘Krishak Samriddhi Sanman’, 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 Sanman 2013’.

 


REGIONAL AWARD – EAST


Smt. Jaya Devi

Location: Munger, Bihar
Crop: Paddy

In her 20 years in agriculture, Jaya Devi has done enough for other women to look up to her. She has been at the centre 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 ‘Krishi Prerna Sanman 2013’.


REGIONAL AWARD – SOUTH


Smt. Saroja N Patil

Location: Davangere, Karnataka
Crop: Rice

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 Sanman 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 Sanman 2013’.


REGIONAL AWARD – NORTH


Smt. Bhagwati Devi

Location: Sikar, Rajasthan
Crop: Pomegranate

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 Sanman 2013’.


NATIONAL AWARDS

Cash prize: National Award: Rs. 2,11,000/-

Regional Award: Rs. 51,000/-

Recognition for young farmers below the age of 31, who have been instrumental in driving sustainable and scalable innovation by leveraging Innovative Farming Technology (IFT) in agriculture, thus changing the agriculture scenario. The award winners will receive a certificate, award trophy and cash prize.


Shri. Nileshkumar Patel

Location: Kheda, Gujarat
Crop: Cotton and Watermelon

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.

Result:

  • Highly scalable technique in use
  • 70% increase in yield of Cotton
  • 42.8% increase in yield of Watermelon
  • Soil retains its fertility for next season due to mulching
  • Additional income from selling two products
  • 14 farmers following his methods

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Nileshkumar Patel by awarding him the ‘Krishi Yuva Sanman 2013’.


REGIONAL AWARD – EAST


Smt. Bandana Kumari

Location: Bankar, Bihar
Crop: Rice

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 benefited. 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 Sanman 2013’.


REGIONAL AWARD – SOUTH


 

Shri. Mallappa Sabu Bidari

Location: Bankar, Bihar
Crop: Rice

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 per 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 Sanman 2013’.


REGIONAL AWARD – NORTH


Shri. Shivraj Saini

Location: Bundi, Rajasthan
Crop: Lady Finger

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 Sanman 2013’.


NATIONAL AWARDS

Cash prize: National Award: Rs. 2,11,000/-

Regional Award: Rs. 1,01,000/-

Recognition for Public Sector Organisations committed to a broad policy on agriculture that has become instrumental in changing the lives of Indian farmers. The award winners will receive a certificate, award trophy and cash prize.


RUNNER UP AWARD


Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI)

Cuttack, Orissa, Eastern India

A Division of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), KrishiBhavan, New Delhi.

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).

Result:

  • First long duration hybrid developed in the country
  • Adaptable to low light conditions prevalent in eastern India
  • Yields up 3.5 times – from 1.8 t/ha. to 6.5 t/ha.
  • High profitability for farmers – Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 80,000 per ha.
  • Rice tolerant to Blasts, BLB, Tungro and Sheath blight

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).

Result:

  • Yields of 1.8 t/ha. in areas prone to crop failure by direct broadcasting of seeds
  • Production potential of 3.5 t/ha in areas with severe conditions
  • High head rice recovery, intermediate amylase content and medium gel consistency
  • Short duration and stature that permits early harvest without weeding problem

 

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 Sanman 2013’.


RUNNER UP AWARD


Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI), Shimla, H.P

PAN India

A Division of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR),
New Delhi.

IFT 1 – Development of Indegenous Aeroponics Technology.

CPRI, Shimla developed a modern technology called Indegenous Aeroponics Technology for Potato cultivation.

Result:

  • 8 fold rise in production of minituber per plant
  • Average profitability of Potato farmers up by 18% due to use of healthier seeds
  • Freedom from soil borne diseases by avoiding exposure to unfavourable soil conditions

 

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%.

Result:

  • 8.2% increase in yield over other such varieties
  • Economy in terms of fertiliser has led to a saving of Rs. 3100 per acre
  • Ground water pollution reduced due to nitrate and potassium leaching

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 Sanman 2013’.

NATIONAL AWARDS

Cash prize: National Award: Rs. 2,11,000/-

Regional Award: Rs. 1,01,000/-

Recognition for agricultural universities for undertaking path breaking research and development work, that has contributed to increasing farm productivity and thereby enhancing rural prosperity. The award winners will receive a certificate, award trophy and cash prize.


University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS)

Location: Dharwad, Karnataka

A Division of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Krishi Bhavan,
New Delhi.

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.

Groundnut farmers in Karnataka were facing a tough time:

  • Excess soil moisture due to incessant rains
  • Soil facing moisture stress due to dry spells
  • Cultivars TMV2 & JL 24 are highly susceptible to foliar diseases
  • Cultivar JL 24 is highly susceptible to Late Leaf Spot and Rust diseases

This technique developed by UAS has shown tremendous promise:

  • Cultivar GPBD 4 producing 25-30% higher yield per pod
  • This method helps save on seeds and other material used for cultivation, hence reducing cost
  • Broad bed and furrows method used during Rabi season averages a higher yield (from 3750 kg/ha. to 5200 kg/ha.) as compared to flatbed method (from 2500 kg/ha to 3000 kg/ha.)
  • Soil does not get compacted

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.

Result: 

This technique too has shown tremendous results:

  • Cost-effective technology
  • Sugarcane yields up by 29%
  • Crop can be grown in less fertile soil
  • Higher moisture stress tolerance
  • Better quality, sweeter Jaggery produced from this Sugarcane
  • Jaggery output up by 11.7%
  • Income of Sugarcane producers up by Rs. 92,000

 

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of UAS, Dharwad by awarding them the ‘Krishi Shiksha Sanman 2013’


RUNNER UP AWARD


Anand Agricultural University

Location: Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

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:

  • Anubhav Liquid Fertiliser PGPB Consortium
  • Anubhav Liquid Fertiliser PGPB Metabolite

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 Sanman 2013’.

NATIONAL AWARDS

Cash prize: National Award: Rs. 2,11,000/-

Regional Award: Rs. 1,01,000/-

Recognition for Non-Government Organisations / Self-Help Groups for purposeful contributions in the field of agriculture that has become instrumental in community change, thus impacting the lives of Indian farmers. The award winners will receive a certificate, award trophy and cash prize.


Lupin Human Welfare and Research Foundation

A division of Lupin Limited, Mumbai

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 process:

  • Training in the activity imparted to targeted villages
  • Arrangements made for microfinance
  • Apismellifera species of bee domesticated in wooden hives
  • Flowers of Mustard, Berseem and Cucurbits used as source of nectar for bees
  • Bee hives filled with honey, processed for collection of both honey and wax
  • A minimum distance of 2 km maintained between each hive to prevent clash of honey bees
  • Honey marketed under the name ‘Madhavi’

Result:

  • 3290 small time bee keepers turned into entrepreneurs
  • Increase in crop productivity owing to pollination by bees
  • Reduced usage of water and fertilizer
  • Yield of oilseeds, pulses, fruits, vegetables and fodder supplemented by this activity
  • Total rise in honey production – 1222 metric tonnes

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 Sanman 2013’.


RUNNER UP AWARD


Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Development Society

Tamil Nadu

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:

  • 104 households electrified, 28 street lights set up
  • Farm produce in the village increased by 15-25% due to use of organic fertilisers (bio digested slurry)
  • Biogas cooking replacing kerosene as a cost effective option

IFT 2 – Wealth from waste through vermicomposting

They have also collected waste from different places to convert it into value added organic manure.

Result:

  • Employment for 60 women who were selected for collecting waste
  • Further employment generated in vermi compost units that were established to process waste
  • Additional farm income
  • Chemical fertilisers substituted with organic fertilisers

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 Sanman 2013’.

NATIONAL AWARDS

Cash prize: National Award: Rs 2,11,000/-

Regional Award: Rs 1,01,000/-

Recognition for Krishi Vigyan Kendras as grassroot extension services for the dissemination of Innovative Farming Technologies (IFT), that have contributed to increasing farm productivity & thereby enhancing rural prosperity. The award winners will receive a certificate, award trophy and cash prize.


Kalyan Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Purulia, West Bengal

A Division of Ramkrishna Mission LokasikhaParishad, Purulia, Kolkata, West Bengal

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.

Result:

  • Rise in yields by 600 kg/ acre
  • Cost of cultivation down to Rs. 15900/ acre from Rs. 16000/acre
  • Improved soil texture
  • Sustainable method of controlling pests

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.

The process:

  • After harvesting of Sugarcane, Green Gram was sown at the onset of monsoon
  • Pods were harvested in the months of August and September, leaving the entire plant residue to increase soil’s organic content
  • From September onwards farmers were asked to plough their lands by opening furrows in the afternoon and leaving them overnight to store dew. And to ladder their lands in the morning
  • As soil is clay in nature, ploughing and laddering help increase its moisture content

Result:

  • 10,000 kg/acre increase in produce
  • Additional family income of Rs. 30,000 per ha

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 Sanman 2013’.


RUNNER UP AWARD


 

RASS – Acharya Ranga Krishi Vigyan Kendra

A division of Rashtriya Seva Samithi, Chitoor district, Andhra Pradesh

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:

  • 12% more produce – from 6188 kg/ha. to 6820 kg/ha
  • Cost of cultivation down by Rs. 9000 per acre due to savings on labour cost and fuel
  • Increase in net returns by Rs. 15,000 per ha

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.

Result:

  • 7.23% and 9.68% more yield in Kharif and Rabi seasons respectively
  • Cost of cultivation reduced to Rs. 3000 per acre from Rs. 5750 per acre
  • Amount of time taken to complete the work was three times lesser

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 Sanman 2013’.

Mr. Ashish Bahuguna

Secretary (Agriculture and Cooperation)
Ministry of Agriculture
Department of Agriculture and Cooperation-Jury Chairman

Born in 1955 in Dehra Dun, Mr. Ashish Bahuguna graduated with honours in Science from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. He also holds a degree in Law from the University of Delhi. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1978 and served in various capacities in West Bengal and Rajasthan. In his latest stint with the Government of India, he served as Additional Secretary and Special Secretary in the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation before being elevated to the post of Secretary in 2012. In his earlier central deputations, he served in the Ministry of Textiles and Ministry of Agriculture. Mr. Bahuguna is instrumental in formulating policies of the Ministry of Agriculture and ¡n implementation of Ministry’s flagship programmemes like Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, National Food Security Mission and National Horticulture Mission.

Dr. Prakash Bakshi

Chairman, NABARD

After receiving his Ph. D in Economics in 1977, Dr. Prakash Bakshi started his professional career as a lecturer in the Department of Economics for Post Graduate Studies, Ravishankar University, Raipur.

He has been part of various international studies and presentations on subjects as diverse as micro credit, rural cooperatives and regulatory mechanisms in micro finance. And he has had the honour of being invited by Howard Buffett to advise him on the philanthropic work of The Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

Dr. Sudhir Kumar Goel

Additional Chief Secretary (Agri. & Mktg.),
Government of Maharashtra

Dr. S.K. Goel did his M.Sc. (Development Studies ) from the University of Bath, U.K. and received his Ph.D was from the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai.

He completed his IAS in 1982 after a brief career in Nuclear Physics at BARC. Over the years, he held many positions of importance associated with agriculture under the Maharashtra state government.

He was declared the ‘Best Probationer’ in the IAS batch of 1982. And he has been honoured with the ‘SubhashDua Gold Medal’ by National Academy of Administration.

Dr. Swapan Kumar Dutta

Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR
KrishiBhavan

Dr. Swapan Dutta is widely recognised as one of the leading plant biotechnologists in the world. He has published over 120 research papers in journals like Nature, nature Biotechnology, MGG, TAG, Plant Molecular Biology and Molecular Breeding, and Plant Journal.

He has received many awards like the ‘Panchana Maheshwari Medal’ and the ‘Paul Johnnes Brouhl Memorial Medal.’ He also had the honour of delivering a lecture at the platinum jubilee of the Indian Science Congress.

Mr. Gokul Patnaik

Chairman
Global Agri Systems Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Gokul Patnaik is the Chairman of Global Agri System Pvt. Ltd. He is also the Vice Chairman of Katra Group.

As a member of the prestigious IAS, he served in senior positions both with the Government of Punjab and Government of India. He headed a number of Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) including Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation (PSIDC), Punjab MARFED, Punjab Agro Industries Corporation (PAIC) and The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) under the Ministry of Commerce.

He has been the President of the All India Food Processors’ Association, member of the National Council of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and member of the Task Force on Agriculture of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He is on the Board of Governors of Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, which is a deemed university excelling in Engineering and Biotechnology. He is also a member of the Chief Minister’s Advisory Committee on Agriculture for the Governments of Madhya Pradesh.

Dr. Pawan Kumar Goenka

Managing Director – Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd.

Dr. Pawan Goenka earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from I.I.T. Kanpur and Ph.D. from Cornell University, U.S.A. He is also a Graduate of the Advanced Management Program from HBS. He worked at General Motors R&D Centre in Detroit, U.S.A. from 1979 to 1993. Thereafter he joined Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., as General Manager (R&D). He was appointed COO (Automotive Sector) in April 2003, President (Automotive Sector) in September 2005, and President (Automotive & Farm Equipment Sectors) in April 2010. Dr. Goenka is on the board of several Mahindra Group Companies.

He is a past President of Society of Automotive Engineers, India and of ARAI Governing Council. He is the current president of SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers).

 

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD


 

Dr. R. S. Paroda

Chairman, Trust for advancement of Agricultural Sciences (TAAS)

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 programmeme 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 Sanman 2013’.