C’garh farmer honoured at national-level

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 Jul 2017 10:51:42


Staff Reporter,


Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, has honoured a progressive farmer of Chhattisgarh Lalluram Kureti with Pt Deendayal Upadhyay Antyoday Krishi Puraskar-2017. This farmer who used to work as agricultural labour also has now greatly improved his financial condition and given employment to two persons. Only one farmer from the entire Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh is selected for this award.

Union Minister for Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh has presented the award to Kureti in a programme held at New Delhi on Sunday. The programme was held on the foundation day of ICAR. Kureti is working under the guidance of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kanker that is run under Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (IGKV), Raipur.

Kureti hails from a small village known as Aaturgaon, situated at distance of 8 kms from Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Kanker headquarters. This village is dwelt by average medium and marginal farmers. Few years ago, the financial condition of Kureti’s family was not sound and survived by growing paddy on five acres of land and that too was dependent on rainfall. He had work as agricultural labour also.

In 2012-13, Kureti came into contact with KVK, Kanker and underwent training. Acting on the advices of scientists, he started growing vegetables also along with paddy and in Rabi he grew maize. With the support of the state’s department of fisheries, he got a pond dug and started fish cum duck rearing. With the cooperation provided under
a programme for tribal people, he started rearing goats, pigs, ‘Karaknath’ poultry unit. Thus he established ideal integrated farming model. His yearly income has increased from Rs 89,800 per year to Rs 3,03,700. He purchased a second hand tractor and new motorcycle and has given round the year employment to two persons.

Kureti was earlier awarded farmer fellowship by the university and also ‘Krishi Samriddhi’ award by Krishak Samriddhi organisation. He is working as a source of inspiration for the farmers of the region. IGKV Vice-Chancellor Dr S K Patil and the entire university collective has complemented Kureti.