Wheat farmer Ravi Prakash Singh and ‘Nariyal Amma’ of Andaman are Padma awardees in the agriculture sector.

This year’s Padma award honors three scientists, including renowned wheat breeder Ravi Prakash Singh, and five farmers, including Nariyal Amma, a 69-year-old farmer from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. All of them were selected as Padma Shri awardees. K Chellammal, an organic farmer from South Andaman, has demonstrated the effectiveness of growing cassava, ginger, pineapple and banana. Although Chellammal only studied up to the sixth standard, his work encouraged more than 150 farmers who adopted the method.

 also developed innovative cost-effective methods to control damage to coconut and palm trees. He harvests more than 27,000 coconuts every year from his 2-hectare orchard of 460 varieties of Andaman Ordinary Tall.

Other farmers, Sarbeswar Basumatary from Assam, Sathyanarayana Beleri from Kerala, Yanung Jamoh Lego from Arunachal Pradesh and Sanjay Anant Patil from Goa will receive their awards from the President later. Lego, 58, is known as the Queen of Herbs in East Siang, Arunachal Pradesh. The herbal medicine expert is said to have provided treatment to more than 10,000 patients, trained 1,000 people in herbal medicine and trained self-help groups (SHGs), according to government records. According to official sources, Lego planted more than 5,000 medicinal plants last year and promoted the idea of ​​establishing a vegetable garden with herbs in every home in the area. He also worked to revive the traditional healing system of the Adi tribe.

Asama Basumatary, 61, is a tribal farmer from Chirangi who has successfully adopted an integrated mixed farming method. He cultivated various crops such as coconut, orange, paddy, lychee and maize. Kerala Beleri, a rice farmer from Kasaragod, has preserved more than 650 traditional varieties of rice. The Rajakayame rice variety developed by him was accepted by farmers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. “Through 15 years of hard work, he innovated the ‘Polybag Method’ to preserve wild rice varieties and traditional seeds like arecanut, nutmeg and black pepper,” the official said.

Padma Shri was also awarded to two agricultural scientists from Haryana who will go to the polls this year. While Hari Omi, a close associate of Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat, was recognized for his work in organic agriculture, Ram Chander Sihag, former Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, “I am humbled and happy to share the news that the Government has recognized my work in BeekeepingScience by awarding me the Padma Shri 2024. This was made possible by the support of all my colleagues, the hardworking beekeepers of India and the excellent facilities of my university, “Sihag.

Despite the delay, internationally renowned wheat breeder Ravi Prakash Singh, who leads The Global Wheat Improvement Research Group of the International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CYMMIT) in Mexico Padma List Recipients Shri Singh, who has developed more than 550 wheat varieties in the last three decades, also received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman in 2021.

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