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Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Award 2015

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.

NATIONAL AWARD


Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, the market leader in the Indian Tractor Industry with two large brands, Mahindra and Swaraj, is the world’s leading Tractor Company by volumes. 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 the 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 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 fifth 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. 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’S MESSAGE


The Mahindra Group and the Indian farmer have been partners in prosperity for many decades. If our farmers succeed, we succeed.

Over the years we have consistently come up with innovative initiatives to support the rising aspirations of our farmers. The Samriddhi Centres, for example, have transformed our dealership networks into a one-stop shop for all the farmer’s needs. They actively promote innovation and deliver technology in the field of agriculture.

The modern day farmer is engaged with the wider world, and is open to adapting modern scientific practices that improve incomes and lives. It is now for us, the other stakeholders–government, private sectors, agri institutions and academicians–to work together to help our agriculturists to RISE. We, at Mahindra, are fully committed to provide technology through our products and services that will enable farmers to take control of their destiny.

It is our privilege to honour our Indian farming community through Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards. These awards are not just a platform for recognising innovation; they are a source of inspiration and a call to action. Through this forum, stories of individuals (farmers), and institutions are shared on a national platform. I am extremely gratified that these empowered individuals are taking centre stage today. My congratulations to all the award winners. They are truly the drivers of India’s transformation. Best wishes to them and to all our agriculturists as they set out to “Farm the Future”.

(Farmer of the year – Male)

i) Less than 5 acres ii) 5 to 20 acres iii) More than 20 acres

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.


NATIONAL AWARDS – Less than 5 acres

Farmer of the year (Male)


Mr. Kanwal Singh Chouhan

Location: Sonipat, Haryana

Crop: Mushroom

Innovation:

An M.A. & LLB by education, Mr. Kanwal is known as the father of baby corn for North India, in terms of commercial selling. After all, this man has enriched the field of farming for 35 years now.

And it was his endeavour to do more that made him adopt the innovative mushroom cultivation from KVIC Rajghat, New Delhi. He adopted Integrated farming System approach for Mushroom Cultivation, using maize straw and chicken litter manure for mushroom cultivation, instead of wheat straw. Commercial production of canned mushroom value-added products under own brand name.

Result:

Yield increased from 2200 kg per shed to 2700 kg per (70’ X 22’) along with reduction in cost of cost of cultivation from Rs. 1, 06,000/- to Rs. 88,000/- per shed.

And it was for his initiatives that he was awarded The Highest Productivity Award and Progressive Mushroom Grower Award – 2014 from IARI, New Delhi, apart from the many accolades he has won in the last few years.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Kanwal Singh Chouhan by awarding him the ‘Krishi Samrat Sanman 2015′.

 


REGIONAL AWARDS – EAST


Mr. Rakesh Kumar

Location: Nalanda, Bihar

Crop: Potato

Innovation:

The chairman of Nalanda Vegetable Organic Farming Federation, Mr. Rakesh has also been awarded with the World Record Productivity of Potato Crop in 2013.  But all these accolades have not taken away the humility from him. And so, he also conducts farmer trainings in his farm to share his experience with other farmers. He started cultivating potato in Double Row System, with bitter gourd as intercrop and took up organic method of cultivation.

Result:

Yield increased from 24000 kg per acre to 43520 kg per acre due to High Density Planting and use of foundation seeds with minimum use of chemical fertilisers & pesticides. Plus, he got additional income from intercrop of Bitter gourd. For his efforts, Rakesh has been awarded with numerous awards including Innovative Farmer Award from BAU, Sabour, Bhagalpur and Crop Cutting Certificate-NHRM from Dept. of Agriculture, Govt. of Bihar.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Rakesh Kumar by awarding him the ‘Krishi Samrat Sanman 2015′.


REGIONAL AWARDS – SOUTH


Mr. Shrikant Kumbar

Location: Bagalkot, Karnataka

Crop: Banana

Innovation:

There are many reasons why everyone in his village know what Shrikant is capable of. After all, he was the pioneer who adopted to cultivate tissue culture banana in his village. And that is why, he was made the President of Primary Consuming Cooperative Society Mudhol, Bagalkot.

Apart from cultivating in tissue culture plantlets, Rakesh also increased plant population from 1450 to 1650 per acre with planting distance of  R*R 5 ft P*P 5ft in zig-zag pattern, which led to better aeration and light availability.

Result:

Total yield increased from 50000 kg/acre to 60000 kg/acre. And cost of cultivation reduced from Rs. 131000/ acre to Rs. 93850/acre. And it was for his die-hard spirit that won him the Sahkar Ratna 2013 from Cooperative Deptt. Veera Shaiva Pratishthan, Bangalore.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Shrikant Kumbar by awarding him the ‘Krishi Samrat Sanman 2015′.


REGIONAL AWARDS – WEST


Mr. Kureshi Gafarbhai

Location: Gir Somnath (Junagadh)

Crop: Medicinal Plants

Innovation:

With over 4 decades of experience, Mr. Kureshi is an inspiration for all those who want to pursue farming. Even with knowledge on usage and preservation of different 5200 plants of which 1500 are medicinal, his hunger to learn and innovate has not been satiated. And it was the same enthusiasm that made him innovate with the help of scientists from Junagarh Agricultural University. After which, he started research to find cure for skin ailments, kidney problems and other such diseases which don’t have cure in allopathy.

Result:

The yield increased by 25% and his yearly income rose up to 20 lakhs. Giving him confidence to sell his product all across India. And it was for his immense contributions that he was awarded the Best Farmer award repeatedly by various agricultural universities, for the last few years.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Kureshi Gafarbhai by awarding him the ‘Krishi Samrat Sanman 2015′.


NATIONAL AWARDS – 5 to 20 acres

Farmer of the year (Male)


Mr. Khemaram Chaudhary

Location: Jaipur, Rajasthan

Crop: Muskmelon

Innovation:

A successful farmer and a philanthropist who shares 25% pf his profit with his farm labourers, Mr. Khemaram is what every farmer in Jaipur wants to be. And in his endeavour to do even better,  he even visited Israel in 2011 for learning advanced agriculture practices under a programmeme sponsored by the Rajasthan Govt.

Putting the 32 yrs. of experience into test, Khemaram innovated with the help of Agriculture Dept. of Jaipur, a unique way to cultivate muskmelon by training the vine to make it trail above the ground with the help of threads. He also started using solar pumps and adopted polythene mulching to reduce water loss. And started using marigold as a trap crop for insects.

Result:

The yield increased from 10,000 kg to 25000 kg per acre. Making the net profit grow substantially. Also this style of cultivation helped in intercultural operations as there was more space between the crops. Giving the crops more space. Also the marigold plants helped Khemaram in getting additional income.

No wonder, he was awarded the certificate of green house management by IHITC in Jaipur, apart from being given the title of ‘Krishi Doctor’ by Jaipur Agriculture department.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Khemaram Chaudhary by awarding him the ‘Krishi Samrat Sanman 2015′.


REGIONAL AWARDS – WEST


Mr. Santosh Jatt

Location: Harda, M.P.

Crop: Chickpea

Innovation:

With 15 years of experience, Mr. Santosh is the go-to person for any queries about chickpea cultivation and drip irrigation in his village. And it was this expertise and interest in farming that made him adopt a new method to cultivate chickpea with the help of KVK, Harda. The new style required using Rotavator application for land preparation and using by-products for making vermicompost and Biogas.

Result:

Yield increased from 700 to 2048 kg/acre due to Drip Irrigation, fertigation, timely weeding and spraying crop protection chemical. Plus, the cost decreased by Rs. 2000 per acre. And for his endeavour, he was also named the ‘Progressive Farmer 2014’ from Govt. of Punjab, among other accolades.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Santosh Jatt by awarding him the ‘Krishi Samrat Sanman 2015′.


REGIONAL AWARDS – SOUTH


Mr. Ramesh Rupani

Location: Nalgonda, Telengana

Crop: Muskmelon

Innovation:

A farmer and a retailer of micro irrigation systems, Mr. Ramesh has truly dedicated his life to farming. Always open to new ideas, he started cultivating 15 hybrid varieties of muskmelon of different colours in single crop season. He cultivated muskmelon by training the vine to make it trail above the ground with the help of trellis. Netting was done in the fruit to prevent bruising damage. To prevent transportation losses and huge costs incurred by middlemen, he established point of sale in the farm itself.

Result:

Yield increased from 15000 kg/acre to 26000 kg/acre and the fetching more market price than traditionally grown muskmelons.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Ramesh Rupani by awarding him the ‘Krishi Samrat Sanman 2015′.


REGIONAL AWARDS – EAST


Mr. Amitabh Anand

Location: Bhagalpur, Bihar

Crop: Paddy

Innovation:

Known as an innovative farmer in the area, Mr. Amitabh is also famous for training more than 500 farmers on mechanisation and organic farming. Apart from that he is also a technical trainer at UCO Bank programme UCO Resti, where he teaches about organic farming mechanisation.

He adopted modern paddy cultivation techniques from KVK, Sabour in Bhagalpur. He mechanised complete operations right from transplanting, inter-cultural operations, to harvesting in paddy crop.

Result:

Yield increased from 2300 kg to 2450 kg per acre and the cost decreased by Rs. 1000 per acre. The innovative style of cultivation also won him the ‘Kisan Sanman’ from ICAR 2013-14.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Amitabh Anand by awarding him the ‘Krishi Samrat Sanman 2015′.


NATIONAL AWARDS – More than 20 acres

Farmer of the year (Male)


Mr. Moinuddin Seikh

Location: Murshidabad, West Bengal

Crop: Red Cabbage

Innovation:

A member of scientific advisory committee of KVK, Murshidabad, he has pioneered cultivation of exotic vegetables in his locality, which is primarily dominated by paddy cultivation. One of the same reasons he did so, was to make farming more profitable. This he did by using gravity fed drip irrigation and fertigation to improve the nutrient use efficiency from the soil. He also started multi-cropping of broccoli and coloured capsicum for more income.

Result:

Yield increased by 11% from 14000 kg/acre to 15600 kg/acre. Also the weight of cabbage ball increased from 450 to 900 g/head. Additional income of Rs. 90000/acre from Broccoli and Rs. 160000/acre from coloured capsicum. Also the cost of cultivation reduced from Rs. 20000/acre to Rs. 12000/acre. Making his net profit increase from Rs. 75000 /acre to Rs. 126000/acre.

For his initiatives. Mr. Seikh was awarded KRISHAK RATNA” Sanman of 2013 by the West Bengal Govt., apart from various accolades from regional agricultural departments.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Moinuddin Seikh by awarding him the ‘Krishi Samrat Sanman 2015′.


REGIONAL AWARDS – NORTH


Mr. Poonamchand Patidar

Location: Jhalawad, Rajasthan

Crop: Orange

Innovation:

With about 3 decades of farming knowledge behind him, Mr. Poonamchand has struck gold plenty of times; in agriculture as well as in dairy farming. And it is for the same reason that the All India Radio has approached him on various occasions to talk live on varied subject concerning advanced agricultural practices.

It was Mr. Poonamchand’s vision that pioneered orange cultivation in his area by adopting organic farming as advised by NRCC, Nagpur. A technique which required maximising cropping intensity by taking soybean as intercrop and through spray of a mixture of Trichoderma, cow urine, opium, tobacco and buttermilk for pest control.

Result:

Yield increased from 25,000 kg/acre to 30,000 kg/acre. There was also a reduction in yield losses. Plus, additional yield of 1000 kg/acre of soybean helped him increase the net profit.

For his initiatives, he was was awarded 1st Prize in Kinnow Competition at Zonal Level from MPUAT, Udaipur among other accolades from other agricultural institutions.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Poonamchand Patidar by awarding him the ‘Krishi Samrat Sanman 2015′.


REGIONAL AWARDS – SOUTH


Mr. R. Bangaru

Location: Villupuram, Tamil Nadu

Crop: Sugarcane

Innovation:

Ask Mr. Bangaru how he manages to do farming despite being physically challenged, and he’ll just smile. For everyone around him know that nothing can perturb his love for farming. And is always looking for ways to improve the ways of farming, especially sugarcane cultivation.

And it his endeavour that made Mr. Bangaru adopt from KVK, Tindivanam a unique way to cultivate sugarcane. A style of farming which required to reduce planting material from 4 MT to 2 MT, apart from adopting mechanisation in irrigation (Sub surface drip), weeding (Using mini tractor), earthing up and harvesting.

Result:

Yield increased from 32 MT/acre to 65 MT/acre. Also, due to wider spacing of 6*1 feet, aeration and sunlight absorption was good which resulted in less pest incidence.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. R. Bangaru by awarding him the ‘Krishi Samrat Sanman 2015′.


REGIONAL AWARDS – WEST


Mr. Ashvinbhai Gadhiya

Location: Gir Somnath, Gujarat

Crop: Watermelon

Innovation:

Always looking for innovation, Mr. Ashvinbhai is known to use innovative techniques and to cultivate non-traditional crop to make himself sound to experiment risk-taking.

And that is why, in consultation with ATMA -Kodinar, BCI –Ambuja and KVK -Ambujanagar, Kodinar, he started to cultivate watermelon in water scarce conditions using with drip irrigation. Along with using self-made vermicompost and host of new technologies to make the produce hygiene and safe for human consumption.

Result:

The yield increased by 2000 kg/acre from 18000 to 20000 kg. Also the quality of produce was much better than before; enhancing his income by a great extent. Winning him the title of the Best Farmer award-Sardar Patel Award by the Govt. of Gujarat, apart from other accolades.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Shri. Ashvinbhai Gadhiya by awarding him the ‘Krishi Samrat Sanman 2015′.


(Farmer of the year – Lady)

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.


Ms. Laxmi Lokur

Location: Belgaum, Karnataka

Crop: Watermelon

Innovation:

It was her love for farming that made her quit her business and go to KLE Society’s School of Agricultural Training and Research, Belgaum to get a diploma in agriculture. And today, after 12 years of following her dreams, Laxmi’s 1 acre farm land has turned into a lush 22 acres, where she grows everything from pulses grains to fruit crops and vegetables, flowers and even does dairy farming. No wonder Ms. Laxmi’s name has become popular; not just in Belgaun but in other countries like Dubai too.

And it is her endeavour to fine farming that made her choose unconventional paths like new methods of moisture conservation, use of bio-fertilizers and start her own marketing network for sale of organic produce using mobiles etc.

Result:

The yield increased by 11100 kg/acre and increased the net income by Rs. 3, 31,400. And it was for her innovation that she was awarded by CITA and Department of Agriculture, Rajasthan as the Farmer Scientist- 2011.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Smt. Laxmi Lokur by awarding her the ‘Krishi Prerna Sanman 2015′.


REGIONAL AWARD – NORTH


Smt. Kamlidevi Maheriya

Address: Jaipur, Rajasthan

Crop: Cucumber

Innovation:

Today, after 8 years of farming, Smt. Kamlidevi doesn’t just farm, but gives tips and suggestion to other female farmers in her vicinity too. And it is this quick- learning ability that made the Dept. of Horticulture, (Govt. of Rajasthan) confident to deploy their cucumber cultivating technique in her farm. A unique way of cultivating cucumber in polyhouse during off season, with adopted soil solarisation to prevent nematode infestation, using polythene mulching to reduce water loss and weed infestation and using marigold as trap crops.

Result:

The yield increased from 15000 kg/ac to 55000 kg/ac.

Apart from saving electricity cost and fetching high market price in off season. The income from marigold made it even more viable and profitable.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Smt. Kamlidevi Maheriya by awarding her the ‘Krishi Prerna Sanman 2015′.


REGIONAL AWARD – EAST


Smt. Chumi Bordoloi

Location: Nagaon, Assam

Crop: Paddy

Innovation:

A B.A. student by qualification, she spent more than a decade and half in farming. Among the various feathers in her cap, includes being the pioneer to introduce small scale agro produce processing in her village.

And it was her thorough experience in farming that made her adopt the Paddy cultivation from KVK-NIMPIT. A method which made her advance to Land shaping technology and have High yielding variety of paddy in low land and heavy rainfall areas and start rain water harvesting. In the meanwhile, she also took up pisciculture. And started cultivating fruit plants on the dug up embankments. As a result from the same piece of land where she was earlier growing only one crop, now she takes 10 different types of crops.

Result:

The yield increased by 1200 kg/ acre, taking the gross production (including high value vegetables, paddy, fruits, fish and ducks) to 68856 kg also.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Smt. Chummi Bordoloi by awarding her the ‘Krishi Prerna Sanman 2015′.


REGIONAL AWARD – WEST


Smt. Kunda Rajaram Chaudhari

Location: Pune, Maharashtra

Crop: Chrysanthemum

Innovation:

Having spent 25 years of her live farming, Mrs. Kunda Rajaram is a name to reckon in the local farmers club. The Chairman for Shiroli Women Self Help Group and an advisor for flower management at Narayangaon Farmers Cl, Smt. Kunda adopted the innovative style of growing chrysanthemum from Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidhyapeeth (MPKV), Rahuri.

This new style of cultivation made her rethink the traditional style of growing chrysanthemum with growing on raised beds, using daincha as green manure, sorting of root cuttings and using Azotobacter.

Result:

Yield was increased by 2000 kg/acre (From 14000 to 16000); highest in area, due to cultivation in raised beds and sorting of root cuttings. Quality of flowers increased in terms of size, colour and freshness. This attracted buyers from Mumbai and Pune.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Smt. Kunda Rajaram Chaudhari by awarding her the ‘Krishi Prerna Sanman 2015′.


(Farmer of the year – Youth)

Cash prize

  • National Award: Rs. 2,11,000/-
  • Regional Award: Rs. 51,000/-

Recognition for young farmers below the age of 31 years, 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.


NATIONAL AWARD


Ms. Reshmaben Patel

Location: Junagadh, Gujarat

Crop: Honey

Innovation:

Even though she is just 24 years old, her love for farming has surpassed all odds. All one has to do is to walk into her organic farm in Junagarh (the biggest in Gujarat) and experience the lush cotton and sesame plantation there. And that is the reason more than 1 lakh farmers from across Gujarat came to her farm to seek inspiration from. She even represents Gujarat at Annual Conference of National Bee Board every year.

Ms. Reshmaben, with the help of Punjab University, innovated a new way of honey production. An attempt to bring back vedic and organic methods back into honey production, the beehives were made from natural timber. This style of honey production also led to developing 27 different flavours of honey, like eucalyptus flavour, coriander flavour, etc.

Result:

Yield increased from 800 to 2200 kg per acre due to accurate monitoring and effective management. And for her efforts, she was awarded with the title of “Best Farmer Award” from Maharashtra Agriculture Department.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Ms. Reshmaben Patel by awarding her the ‘Krishi Yuva Sanman 2015′.


REGIONAL AWARD – EAST

 


Mr. Rahul Singh

Location: Vaishali, Bihar

Crop: Mango

Innovation:

An M.Tech by qualification, Rahul is a fine example of the modern day farmer. Using his know-how in farming, he teaches other farmers the importance and use of NSKE (Neem Seed Kernel Extract) and vermi-compost on Mango rather than inorganic pesticide.

To produce better bearing mango trees, he adopted Canopy Management Device with the help of National Horticulture Mission. A way of cultivation which helped in more photosynthesis and better inflorescence and increased fruit set in crops.

Result:

The yield increased from 4000 kg/acre to 10,000 kg/acre due to increased inflorescence. Also the mangoes so developed were better in taste and got more market price than grown traditionally by others.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Mr. Rahul Singh by awarding him the ‘Krishi Yuva Sanman 2015′.


REGIONAL AWARD – SOUTH

 


Mr. Prabhu S Kittur

Location: Bagalkot, Karnataka

Crop: Banana

Innovation:

A member of the planning committee of KVK –Bagalkot, Prabhu has become one of the leading farmers in his village. So much so, that even other farmers, twice his age, consult him regularly for the use of new age technology in farming.

Showing streaks of the modern farmer, Prabhu innovated himself a unique way to cultivate banana. A method which involves using Tissue Culture Banana Cultivation through organic farming. Apart from that he also started intercropping banana with with Chilli and Marigold. Apart from using compost made from farm compost with banana flower, cow dung etc.

Result:

Yield increased from 35000 kg/acre to 67600 kg/acre. Plus intercropping with marigold and Chilly, gave him additional income (Rs. 60,000) with no additional cost.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Mr. Prabhu S Kittur by awarding him the ‘Krishi Yuva Sanman 2015′.


REGIONAL AWARD – NORTH

 


Mr. Prashant Singh

Location: Banda, U.P.

Crop: Wheat

Innovation:

A meeting with fellow farmer Prem Singh, made Prashant realise the importance of Aawartanseel method of farming practice, which is a form of diversified sustainable agriculture in which all agri inputs are generated on farm to reduce dependency on market. He has diversified his farming and grows an array of crops right from cereals, pulses, oil seeds fruit crops, vegetables, and has a dairy farm too. He used organic ways of cultivation and adopted line sowing in Wheat with high yielding variety to enhance yield.

Result:

The yield increased from 1300 kg/acre to 2500 kg/acre.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards is proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Mr. Prashant Singh by awarding him the ‘Krishi Yuva Sanman 2015′.


(Public Sector Organisation of the year)

Cash prize –

  • National Award: Rs. 2,11,000/-
  • Runner-up Award: Rs. 1,11,000/-

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.


PSO of the year

NATIONAL AWARD

 


ICAR-Directorate of Rapeseed-Mustard Research

Location: Bharatpur, Rajasthan

IFT 1: Augmenting rapeseed-mustard production of tribal farmers of North Eastern States for sustainable livelihood security.

Water scarcity during post-monsoon seasons and lack of irrigation facilities, and high incidence of pests and diseases in late sown crops are the major constraints for oil seed cultivation in the NEH region. That is why, the PSO encouraged a zero tillage practice in the area. Further it evaluated the yield performance of rapeseed varieties, yellow sarson, Ragini and mustard in 55 ha under zero tillage cultivation.

Impact:

  • The yield in q/ha of the evaluated crops grew significantly
  • The net profit rose to Rs. 27388 from Rs. 16790

IFT 2: Developing an e-learning module for farmers.

To reduce the communication gap between farmers and scientists about newer methods of farming, the NGO developed an offline-cum-online module called “Sune Sunyen: Peet Kranti Layein. The module contains 10 voice-based recorded lessons covering the entire package of practices on rapeseed-mustard cultivation. It enables farmers to listen offline the advice from experts or scientists about crop production and management as many times they want.

Impact:

  • About 3500 units were purchased by the farmers from directorate.
  • 3 firms/organisations got license from DRMR for commercialisation of this module

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Award is proud to acknowledge the efforts of Directorate of Rapeseed-Mustard Research, Bharatpur and awarded it the ‘Krishak Sansthan Sanman 2015′.


RUNNER-UP AWARD

 


ICAR- National Research Centre for Banana

Location: Tiruchirapalli,Tamil Nadu

IFT 1: Improved production and protection technology for banana.

The PSO wanted to improve the current conditions of banana plantations, where occurrence of pest problem was high with no availability of storage technology. That is why, it devised an innovative method which includes planting tissue cultured banana plant, using high density planting with drip irrigation, fertigation, Mitigation technology for drought and salt, application of micro-nutrients viz. “Banana Sakthi” developed by the NRCB and Mitigation technology for drought and salt.

Impact on Yield:

  • The average per ha yield before the adoption of IFT was around 20-25 tonnes/acre. In contrast, after adopting IFT technologies, the farmers are harvesting minimum 50 tonnes/acre up to 125 tonnes/ha on an average.
  • IFT technology has transformed the farmers’ livelihood and farmers are getting a profit of Rs. 2.5 lakhs to Rs. 3.00 lakhs/ha.
  • By adopting, high density planting coupled with drip and fertigation techniques has led to a reduction in 25% fertilizer cost, 30% saving in water, 50% increase in production and 25% reduction in cost of cultivation.

 

IFT 2: Developed improved post-harvest techniques.

In banana, post-harvest losses are estimated around 25-30% causing economic loss to the tune of Rs. 300-400 crores/year. This is the reason why the PSO introduced techniques like artificial ripening and value addition in banana.

Impact on Yield:

By employing these technologies, farmers are getting an additional income of Rs. 30000 –  Rs. 40000/ha depending upon the value-added products.  Also immature fallen fruits and 2nd grade fruits can be converted into banana pickle which can fetch additional income to the farmers.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Award is proud to acknowledge the efforts of ICAR- National Research Centre for Banana, Tiruchipalli and awarded it the ‘Krishak Sansthan Sanman 2015′.

(Agricultural University of the year)

Cash prize –

  • National Award: Rs. 2,11,000/-
  • Runner-up Award: Rs. 1,11,000/-

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.


Agri University of the year

NATIONAL AWARD


 

Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya

Location: Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

IFT 1: Developed high yielding and resistant varieties of soybean.

In comparison to the seeds farmers in the area were using, which were low yielding and had low production, the seeds developed by JNKVV were high yielding and had higher resistance. And so, the seed gained high popularity and wide acceptability in most of the soybean growing regions of country.

Impact on Yield:

  • There has been an increased trend of seed replacement rates up to extent of 35% of Jawahar series of soybean varieties
  • From the year 2003-04, the coverage of JNKVV varieties was 73.86% whereas, it increased drastically in further years and ranged 85-92.24%
  • A substantial foreign exchange of Rs. 7000 crores per annum is being earned by Govt. of India

IFT 2: High yielding varieties of chickpea were developed.

Advanced technologies adopted in breeding programmemes to produce chickpea varieties that are high yielding and resistant to biotic and abiotic stresses.

Impact on Yield:

  • Since two decades maximum indent has been placed for JNKVV Varieties
  • JG 11, JG 130, JG 16 having maximum indent
  • Seed replacement rate 20-22% has been achieved
  • Release of JG 74, JG 130, JAKI 9218, JG 16, JG 63 have broken the monoculture of JG 315
  • Promotion of Kabuli chickpea varieties led to expansion of 15% area under cultivation
  • Medium bold seeded, wilt resistant Gulabi Chickpea variety JGG-1 realised best for parching in specific regions of M.P.
  • JNKVV varieties are covering 40% area of India.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Award is proud to acknowledge the efforts of Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya Singh University and awarded it the ‘Krishi Shiksha Sanman 2015′.


RUNNER-UP AWARD

 


Choudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University

Location: Hisar, Haryana

IFT 1: Developed two single cross hybrids named HM 12 and HM 13 in maize crop

The university released the hybrids in Zone I and III where majority of the farmer used composites or double cross hybrids which are poor in grain yield. These superior crops were more resistant to diseases and abiotic stress like drought and cold.

The Result:

  • HM 12 yielded 2350 kg/acre with 12% superiority over the best check.
  • HM 13 yielded 2650 kg/acre with 20.4% best existing hybrid.
  • The cost of cultivation also decreased since there were less occurrence of weed and less need of insecticides.

IFT 2:  Developed disease resistant wheat variety WH 1105

The university released the wheat variety in the North-Western plain zone of India, where farmers were majority of wheat varieties had become susceptible to the diseases particularly yellow rust. The WH 1105 has better quality characters like higher sedimentation value (53 ml), protein content (12.4%) among others.

Result:

  • WH 1105 gave average yield of 52.5 q/ha which is 8.69% more over best check variety PBW343
  • Gave a mean yield of 53.2 q/ha against other check varieties
  • The cost of cultivation decreased as the variety has high tolerance to diseases. And hence, the expenditure of agri-chemicals were affected.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Award is proud to acknowledge the efforts of Choudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University and awarded it the ‘Krishi Shiksha Sanman 2015′.

(NGO/SHG of the year)

Cash prize –

  • National Award: Rs. 2,11,000/-
  • Runner-up Award: Rs. 1,11,000/-

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.


NGO/SHG of the year

NATIONAL AWARD

 


Shamayita Krishi Kendra

Location: Bankura District of West Bengal

IFT 1: Integrated Watershed Management Programme

This included digging pond and re-excavating existing ponds in catchment area to arrest rain water for in situ soil and moisture conservation. The programmeme also included replacing low yielding variety of paddy with high variety in rainy season and made growing of high value vegetable crops possible during winter season.

The NGO also encouraged pisciculture with duck rearing in pond and growing of fruit plants on the embankment developed by the dug up soil.

Impact:

  • The gross production of this unit of 1 acre land increased from 13500 kg to 32100 kg (including Kharif paddy, vegetables, fish & ducks), which is around 24 times more than early practice
  • The net income (profit) increased from Rs. 8250 to Rs. 1,87,200, indicating that increasing the investment 6 times, the technology realised 22 times increment in profit
  • Farmers in this locality got exposure and learnt too many advanced scientific technology for achieving higher level of production like raising seedlings in coco peat nursery, hybrid seed production, etc.
  • More than 7500 families have been benefited by this activity, out of which 40% are rural youth and 30% are tribal women farmers

IFT 2: Initiated Hybrid Tomato Seed Production

Due to economic backwardness and less rainfall, starvation was a normal suffering for the families of small and marginal tribal farmers.

Shamayita Krishi Kendra established high value seed production of tomato in rain fed areas of Bankura under net house in a mechanised way. By providing contract market linkages with multinational companies which became suitable income generative path way for the small land holding tribal and backward farmers.

Impact:

  • Tomato yield increased from 11000 kg/acre to 24000 kg/acre out of which farmers extracted tomato seeds @ 60 kg/acre using mechanical seed extractor
  • Net profit increased on an avg. from Rs. 45000 /acre to Rs. 4,10,000/acre
  • Market price of hybrid tomato seed was much higher than table purpose tomatoes
  • 60% less irrigation water was required by using drip
  • Socio-economic status increased due to high income
  • Plant mortality reduced from 2300 to 700 due to less disease due to the application of low cost-rooting regeneration technology

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Award is proud to acknowledge the efforts of Shamayita Krishi Kendra and awarded it the ‘Krishi Sahyog Sanman 2015′.

RUNNER-UP AWARD

 


Tata Chemicals Society For Rural Development

Location: Jamnagar, Gujarat

IFT 1: Introduced Solar Zatka Fencing

With the occurrence of wild bulls, pigs and wolves raiding the farm, the motivation of farmers had started to dwindle. That is when the NGO took efforts to help the distressed farmers by helping them set up Solar Zatka fences, which prevent these wild animals from entering the agricultural fields without causing any casualty. This system runs on solar power, hence, the experience is physically harmless as it does not cause any physical injury. Voltage pulses emitted every 1.0 seconds last only 280 millionths of second.

Impact:

  • The production increased from 10400 kg to 21400 kg
  • The revenue doubled from Rs. 294500 to Rs. 589000

 

IFT 2:  Introducing Integrated Water Management Practices

The farmers were facing constant problems with the conventional surface method of irrigation, as there were no major perennial rivers in the region and there was high water salinity.  The NGO encouraged:

  • Ponds construction and renovation
  • Rain Water harvesting structures (RRWHS)
  • Natural Water Resource Conservation (well, pond)
  • Efficient irrigation methods of farming like drip and sprinklers

Impact:

  • Increased in production is about 15% than the previous year
  • Total water saved due to sprinkler irrigation method is around 35%
  • High income realisation by the farmers
  • Multi-seasonal cropping started
  • Employment opportunities generated for agricultural landless labours

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Award is proud to acknowledge the efforts of Tata chemicals society for rural development and awarded it the ‘Krishi Sahyog Sanman 2015′.

Krishi Vigyan Kendra Sanman (Krishi Vigyan Kendra of the year)

Cash prize –

  • National Award:  Rs. 2,11,000/-
  • Runner-up Award: Rs. 1,11,000/-

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.

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KVK  OF THE YEAR

NATIONAL AWARD


KVK – Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Jhabua

Location: Jhabua District, Madhya Pradesh

IFT 1: Introduced ridge bed system with stacking.

KVK- Jhabua took up the initiative to educate the farmers about ridge bed system of cultivation, rather than the traditional flooding system which they had been using for ages. They also started educating about hybrid seeds and plastic mulching to conserve the moisture and minimise weed infestation.

Impact on Yield:

  • By adopting these method farmers are getting 90-100 tonnes production of tomato from per hectare land
  • Input cost per hectare is around Rs. 1.75 lakhs and the average return is around Rs. 4.75 lakhs, earning a profit of 3 lakhs per hectare

But most importantly, this successful intervention has reduced the job oriented migration of tribals.

IFT 2: Developed partially modified deep litter system.

The population of kadaknath bird was declining rapidly and was under threat of extinction and genetic erosion due to lack of proper feeding and carelessness in medical treatment. So KVK- Jhabua came up with a system with included providing proper housing, made with low cost and locally available material, for rearing 100 birds and optimum feeding and vaccinations.

Impact:

  • The mortality rate decreased below 12%
  • Income rose to Rs. 85000 – Rs. 1,00,000

This successful intervention has reduced the job orientated migration of tribal.

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Award is proud to acknowledge the efforts of VK, Jhabua district and awarded it the ‘Krishi Vigyan Kendra Sanman 2015′.

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RUNNER – UP AWARD

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KVK – Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kurnool

Location: Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh

IFT 1: A project on nutrient management in rice based on Soil Test Crop Response

In the past, farmers were not showing interest in soil testing at initial stage of project. And in order to get higher yield, farmers are resorted to excess and indiscriminate usage of nitrogen and phosphorus. The STCR (Soil Test Crop Response Equations) paddy was organised in more than 1120 ha in 30 villages under KC Canal command ayacut with financial support from NABARD.

Impact:

The mean yield increased from 6880 kg/ha from 6998 kg/ha and the average net profit rose to about  Rs. 8915.

The soil test based nutrient application helps to avoid wasteful expenditure on irrational nutrient application and thus, save lot of amount towards subsidies from government. Apart from direct saving for poor farmers in cost of production, without hampering productivity level of the crop.

 

IFT 2:  Designed Cattle Feed Program from Agricultural By-products

The by-products like maize cobs, cotton stalks, groundnut haulms and sunflower heads are being wasted. Whereas, milk production in small holders dairy farms was low due to insufficient quantities of balanced ration to cattle. That is why KVK, Kurnool prepared balanced ration with high protein and energy by utilising the by-products efficiently.

Impact:

  • Avg. milk yield per day (litres) grew from 5.82 to 6.12 and Avg. yield per day (litres) increased from 5.64 to 6.51
  • The avg. net profit also rose from Rs. 11514 to Rs. 15231.37
  • This innovative farming technology created awareness among the farming community about the usage of agricultural by-products efficiently with less cost and more returns
  • Burning the field was eliminated completely, which promote environmental friendly measure

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Award is proud to acknowledge the efforts of VK, Kurnool district and awarded it the ‘Krishi Vigyan Kendra Sanman 2015′.

Mr. Ashish Bahuguna

Secretary (Agriculture and Co-operation) Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture and Co-operation Jury Chairman

Mr. Ashish Bahuguna 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 Co-op 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 in implementation of Ministry’s flagship programmemes like Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, National Food Security Mission and National Horticulture Mission.

 

 

Dr. Ashok Gulati

Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture, (ICRIER)

Dr. Gulati was the Director at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) for more than 10 years (Jan 2001-Feb 2011).  Before joining IFPRI, he also served as NABARD Chair Professor at the Institute of Economic Growth, and Chief Economist at the National Council of Applied Economics Research in India. He did his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics (India). Dr.  Gulati has been deeply involved in agri-policy analysis and advice in India. He has been a member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council. He has been recently awarded with the title of ‘Padma Shri’ by the Government of India. Apart from that, he is a prolific writer and has published widely in international and Indian journals on issues related to Asian Agriculture.

 

 

Dr. R. R. Hanchinal

Chairperson, Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers’ Rights Authority (Secretary Rank), Government of India

Dr. Hanchinal has made significant contributions in the area of seed production by substantially increasing the quantum of quality seed production from 2,876 qtls. He also developed a unique method for the first time by selecting and adopting potential villages for seed production with “Modified Seed Village Concept” which is popularly known as “DHARWAD MODEL” which become role model for the country. For his outstanding work, was he has been awarded with the prestigious NABS -Life Time Achievement Award by National Academy of Biological Science, Chennai (2014). In the past, he served several key positions in the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad including that of the Vice Chancellor of the university.

 

 

Dr. J. S. Sandhu

Deputy Director General (Crop Science), Indian Council of Agricultural Science, New Delhi

Prior to this, Dr. Sandhu has worked as Agriculture Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. India. Where developed a number of high yielding varieties of different pulse crops. He has also published 215 research papers in journals of national and international reputes. During his tenure as Agriculture Commissioner, he provided dynamic leadership and implemented three mega programmemes – National Food Security Mission (NFSM), Bringing Green Revolution in Eastern India (BGREI) and Crop Diversification. Dr. Sandhu is duly recognised for his contributions, with awards and honours. He is also a Member of Central Insecticide Board and Chairman, Registration Committee, Govt. of India and a fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi.

 

 

Dr. A. K. Singh

Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension) Indian Council of Agricultural Research

With over 29 years of teaching, research and extension work experience in agricultural university and Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Dr. Singh is one of the foremost authorities on Indian Agriculture. It was his endeavours that made Technology Demonstrations for Harnessing Pulses Productivity, a success in 137 districts of the country. Which further led to the conduct of 6000 demonstrations each year. And thus, contributing in enhancing pulses production by about 4 million tonnes during the last 4-5 years. He is the recipient of 15 awards/recognitions (including Swami Shahajanand Sarswati Outstanding Extension Scientist Award of ICAR). And has written more than 110 research papers, 18 Books and 14 Book Chapters and done studies for FAO/UNDP/World Bank aided projects in Uttar Pradesh.

 

 

Dr. K. Ramasamy

Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

Dr. Ramasamy has been instrumental in taking Indian agriculture to newer heights. Be it his work on the Oyster mushroom work, which was later linked it to All India Co- ordinated Project. Or externally funded his projects and the establishing the Bio–Energy Centre with DST support in 1982. It was his support that led to the popularisation of biogas programmeme and Mushroom cultivation, bringing laurels and recognition to three districts of Tamil Nadu by Ministry of Non–conventional Energy Sources.

His research activity is continuously supported from 1982 by different funding agencies like Indian Council of Agriculture Research, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Biotechnology, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, etc. He has published 120 research publications, 7 books, 23 bulletins and organised 18 trainings and international workshops to provide hands on training to fellow colleagues. He has three patents and three more in line.

 

 

Mr. Gokul Patnaik

Chairman, Global AgriSystem Pvt. Ltd.

Prior to this, Mr Patnaik was a member of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and served in senior positions both with the Government of Punjab and Government of India. As Chairman of the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, (APEDA) from 1991 to 1996, he was the architect of manifold increase in Indian agriculture exports.  He took premature retirement from Service in 1998 and devoted himself to agri-business consultancy.

Mr. Patnaik had been President of the All India Food Processors’ Association, Chairman of the National Council on Agriculture Marketing of CII, Task Force on Agriculture of FICCI and a member of the Governing Body of ICAR.

Mr. Patnaik is a well-known authority on agri business and his views are frequently sought for by the Government as well as the private sector.

 

 

Mr. Ashok Sharma

President-Agri Sector & MD & CEO – Mahindra Agri Solutions Ltd.

Since 1998, Mr. Ashok has been working Mahindra & Mahindra’s Farm Equipment Sector and has headed diverse functions including sales, channel, marketing, quality, and strategy where he contributed significantly to increasing Mahindra & Mahindra’s market share in the tractor business and in sustaining its leadership position.

It was under his leadership that Mahindra’s Agri Business portfolio grew by 8 folds in the last 4 years and became India’s largest grape exporter with a strong customer base in Europe and South East Asia. Mr. Ashok was also backbone behind the launch of India’s first premium fresh fruit brand Saboro, and established ‘Farm to Fork’ presence across the Agri value chain.

Ashok is also one of the foremost authorities in the world of Quality. And under his leadership Mahindra Farm Equipment Sector successfully claimed the coveted Japan Quality Medal.

 

 

Mr. Samir Ahluwalia

CEO-Content, Zee Media Channel

Currently, Mr. Samir is heading all the 10 news channels under the Zee Media banner as well as DNA and online products.

Prior to this, he was the Executive Editor of Zee Business Channel- India’s first and no-1 Business News Channel.  He has been associated with Zee News for the last 15 years. And has been instrumental in taking the channel and Zee network to greater heights.

(Lifetime Achievement Award)

Cash prize – National Award: Rs. 5,00,000/-

Recognition for lifetime achievement in the field of agriculture to a renowned personality who has been instrumental in changing ‘Agriculture for livelihood’ to ‘Agri-business’. The award winner will receive a certificate, award trophy and cash prize.


Dr. Ram Badan Singh

Present Position: Chancellor, Central Agricultural University, Imphal and President, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

Born on 20th July, 1940, Ram Badan Singh obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. Degrees in agriculture, Prof. Singh who is a Ph. D. in Genetics (NCSU, Raleigh, USA, 1964), possesses a career of leadership in improving agrarian livelihood, food, nutrition and ecological security, in cutting-edge research and technology development, in higher education and human resources development. And also in policy and programmeme formulation, execution and appraisal; each pursued in national, continental and global capacities. Prof. Singh has made important original contributions in the fields of Genetics, Plant Breeding and Biotechnology, guided doctoral research of 45 Ph.Ds. and authored over 300 research and policy papers and 12 books. During the past 50 years, Prof. Singh has held several other coveted positions both at national and international levels. He was the Member of National Commission on Farmers, constituted by the Government of India in 2004-2006. He was Assistant Director General of FAO of the United Nations and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific from 2000 to 2002 and held other senior FAO positions for 15 years from 1979 to 1994 at Bangkok and Rome.

He has also been a member of National Commission on Farmers. He was a professor and the head of department of Genetics and Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Banaras Hindu University before he joined the UN.

Prof. Singh has over 200 research papers to his credit and has guided 40 Ph.D. thesis.

Awards and Distinctions:

Along with the Padma Bhushan, his other recognitions include: Doctor of Science (honoris causa) from eight Universities, Gold Medal from the International Board for Plant Genetic Resources, Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial International Scientist Award, Vigyan Gaurav Sanman, Bharatiya Paramparagat Vigyan Puraskar, Dr. Zhu Shoumin International College of Nutrition Award and Distinguished Alumnus Awards. He is Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, of the National Academy of Sciences and of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences too.