Karimnagar: Prof Jayashankar Telangana State Agriculture University, Hyderabad, presented Best Farmer Award to a progressive farmer Katla Srinivas. The award was presented through virtual mode on the occasion of university’s seventh formation day on Friday. Srinivas was selected for the award for practicing integrated farming in his 6.5 acres land in Thirumalapur of Ramadugu mandal.
PJTSAU Vice-Chancellor Dr V Praveen Rao announced the name of Srinivas for the award. District Agriculture Officer V Sreedhar, DOT center scientist Shekhar and AO Yasmin appreciated Srinivas for winning the award.
Speaking to Telangana Today, Srinivas expressed happiness for winning the award and added that the award would encourage him to come up with more innovative farming methods.
Srinivas became popular in Karimnagar and surrounding district with the cultivation of Anjeer fruits. Besides Anjeer fruits, he cultivates all crops by following organic methods. Not satisfied with software profession, Srinivas had quit the job and came back to his native Thirumalapur village of Ramadugu mandal. Instead of traditional crops, he has taken up cultivating fig (Anjeer) and other crops.
Though he had no idea about farming since his father was a worker in Singareni Collieries Company Limited, Srinivas learnt farming techniques with the support of progressive farmers. Doctors prescribed Srinivas, who had already gained experience in cultivation, has taken brown turkey fig variety developed by Pune University. After buying 1,000 saplings from Raichur based farmer Ramachander Rao, he sowed plants in 2.10 acres by spending Rs 1.8 lakh in March 2019. Besides arranging drips, he used organic manures such as vermicompost and others. Mychorrhyza, Bioculture, eggs and coconut powders and five types of oils were used to protect plants, he said.
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