1. Success Story

Meet These Inspiring Farmers Who Received Padma Shri Awards 2020

Nikita Arya
Nikita Arya

Every year on the occasion of Republic Day, the awardees of Padma Awards, one of the highest civilian awards of the country, are announced by the President of India. These awards are presented for the exceptional and distinguished contribution of personalities from all walks of life. The tales of these exceptional personalities are many times, spellbinding for the rest of the nation, which often gives us the inspiration to do better in our respective fields.

Being an agrarian nation, it is a moment of pride and honor that every year, many farmers receive this prestigious award for their extraordinary works in the field of agriculture. Like every year, many farmers got the privilege of receiving the Padma Shri this year too. Meet these farmers who have been selected for the Padma awards 2020. Let's celebrate their stories!

Tulasi Gowda

She is called 'The Encyclopedia of the Forest'. Tulasi Gowda, a 72 years old woman, has nurtured more than 40,000 trees just like a mother nurtures her children. Hailing from Honnalli village in Ankola Taluk of Uttara Kannada district, she was actively engaged in aforestation program conducted by the forest department and was regularized at her service when her immense contribution became noticeable by the department. Despite having no formal education, her work has been recognized at various levels by the government due to her extensive knowledge of various species. She possesses knowledge of plants which is no less than any botanist.

Sundaram Verma

Working extensively towards water conversation, Sundaram Verma's unique technique of irrigation requires only one liter of water per tree. In a dry region like Rajasthan, Sundaram's technique has been very helpful for farmers. His technique took notice of many people when he successfully managed to grow 50,000 trees with his water-saving technique called 'dryland agroforestry'. Sundaram Verma, who hails from Danta Tehsil in Rajasthan's Sikar district, has created a revolution in the field of agriculture, for which he deserved to be honored by the highest civilian award.

Himmatram Bambhu

A conservationist and environmentalist, Himmata Ram Bhambhu, has been planting and preserving for the last 25 years. He's been motivating people for nature conservation in deficit districts like Nagpur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Sikar, Ajmer, etc. He is also associated with Mahavir International Sansthan Nagpur for Green India Mission since 2013. He has been widely appreciated for his efforts towards environment conservation and will now be honored with Padma Shri Award.

Rahibai Soma Popere

Rahibai Soma Popere is an Indian farmer and conservationist, who has helped many farmers return to native varieties of crops, preparing hyacinth beans for self-help groups. Her work in the field of conservation of these local varieties of foodgrains and vegetables has given her recognition among the world as she is also among three Indians on BBC's list of "100 Women 2018". She's also known as 'Seed Mother'.

Trinity Saioo

Trinity Saioo is an award-winning turmeric farmer who has been leading 800 women in the state of Meghalaya to encourage the farmers to cultivate the indigenous, high-curcumin content Lakadong variety of the turmeric.

As per the data, the total area of turmeric cultivation in the state of Meghalaya is 2,516 hectares, which roughly yields 16 metrics of turmeric annually.

Batakrushna Sahoo

Batakrushna Sahoo's contribution to the field of Animal Husbandry has also been conferred to be awarded the Padma Shri award 2020. His journey began in 1986 when he started pisciculture. He went on to contribute to the field without any financial assistance from the government by training hundreds of farmers in spawn production through traditional breeding methods. He also began training college students in Odisha and made his presence felt in the field of animal husbandry.

Radha Mohan and Ms. Sabarmatee (Father-Daughter Duo)

Radha Mohan and Sabarmatee is a father-daughter duo that inspires many. Their move towards the transformation of barren land into a green forest in Odisha's Nayagargh district has received recognition as they are conferred for the Padma Shri award this year. Radha Mohan is a retired economics professor and his daughter Sabarmatee is a conservationist. Together they have been dedicatedly experimenting with conservation models to improve the lives of local farmers.

Chintala Venkat Reddy

An innovative organic farmer popularly known for his soil and nutrient management techniques in farming, Chintala Venkat Reddy is a farmer who has brought India the pride of being internationally acclaimed. He holds a distinction of being the first independent farmer to receive an international patent for his technique in the soil swapping and soil fertility.

Popatrao Pawar

Popatrao Pawar is a big name in Maharashtra because of his immense contribution to the field of agriculture. He serves as the Executive Director of Maharashtra state government's Model Village program. He led the transformation of Hiware Bazar's from a drought-prone village to a green and prosperous model village. He has also talked about how rural water resources could be revived.

Kushal Konwar Sarma

A wildlife veterinarian Dr Kushal Konwar Sarma has given his extraordinary contribution and his contribution has now been recognized. He is a professor and Head of the Department of Surgery and Radiology of the College of Veterinary Science at Khanapara in Guwahati. He has been immensely involved in the treatment of wildlife across India and abroad and is recognized because of his outstanding services for taming rogue wild elephants. Dr. Sarma has treated more than 7000 elephants, both captive and wild without enjoying a weekend for the last 10 years.

Also Read - Complete List of 10 Padma Shri Awardee Farmers & Their Unheard Success Mantra

Like this article?

Hey! I am Nikita Arya. Did you liked this article and have suggestions to improve this article? Mail me your suggestions and feedback.

Share your comments

Subscribe to our Newsletter. You choose the topics of your interest and we'll send you handpicked news and latest updates based on your choice.

Subscribe Newsletters