Sangareddy: A-70-year-old woman, Gangwar Anjamma, a farmer from Pastapur village, was presented Rs 1.5 lakh cash reward for her exemplary work in conservation and sustainable use of over 80 types of seeds at her farm.
Anjamma, clear in her mind that survival depends on native Plant Genetic Resource (PGR) won the ‘Plant Genome Saviour Farmers Reward’ presented by The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority (PPV&FRA).
Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare Radha Mohan Singh presented the award to her during a programme conducted in Bihar recently. Backed by the Deccan Development Society (DDS), Zaheerabad, the illiterate woman is an expert in cultivating a variety of pulses, millets, oilseeds and vegetables. She has collected over 80 variety of seeds from various countries and States in India and cultivated them in her four acre plot. She has preserved 80 varieties of seeds and has built a community seed bank in her village, which supplies seeds to farmers.
The varieties of seeds preserved by Anjamma are being used in the breeding programme at the Agriculture Research Station (ARS). Considering her outstanding contribution to agriculture in conservation and sharing of these 80 varieties of seeds, the PPV&FRA has chosen her for this award. Cultivating crops without using fertilizers, pesticides and even bio-pesticides, Anjaamma has adopted a unique cultivation method called Integrated Farming System (IFS). To encourage such sustainable practices of agriculture around Zaheerabad area, the DDS has decided to launch “Naa Telangana Naa Vyavsayam (My Telangana My Agriculture)” programme to sensitise the people over sustainable agricultural practices.
Director of DDS, P.V.Sathish, has reiterated the importance of encouraging the cultivation of indigenous varieties of crops. Introducing Anjamma to news reporters on the premises of DDS here on Wednesday, Sathish said that their model of cultivation had proved a success in Zaheerabad area. Sathish said that Anjamma had bagged the third such award being presented by the Union government besides many other awards.