Suryapet: A woman farmer, Varikuppala Nagamani, resident of Dosapadu village in Penphad mandal in the district, has been selected for the prestigious, national-level best woman farmer award of Mahindra Agri-Awards.
Of the 60 nominations received from woman farmers across the country, Nagamani won the award for achieving high yield of red chilli crop by using innovative cultivation methods.
She will be presented a cash prize of Rs 2.11 lakh and a certificate of appreciation by Union Minister for Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh at a programme to be organised in New Delhi on February 2.
Of the total of 9,000 nominations received from woman farmers, two nominations from each State were sent for selection of national level best woman farmer award after thorough scrutiny.
Nagamani took up cultivation of chilli crop in four acres of land in Anajipuram village, the neighbouring village of her native place, Dosapadu.
Generally, chilli crop gets an average yield of 18 quintals per acre, but she succeeded in producing 40 quintals of chilli per acre by adopting innovative methods of cultivation. She used nearly a half-a-dozen innovative cultivation techniques such as solar dryer, mulching, hydrogil, yellow trips and pyramid trips. Combinig these innovative farming techniques with organic farming, she achieved the highest production of red chilli.
It usually takes 20 days for the red chilli to dry in traditional methods, but she used solar drying system in which the time required was reduced to five days. As her crop came in early than other farmers, she got a better price, i.e. an average of Rs 250 per kg, which is not available in the market after arrival of the crop.
Nagamani told Telangana Today that she would feel happy when some farmers get inspiration from her and adopt innovative cultivation methods which would make agriculture a profitable avocation. She thanked Sri Sedhya Rythu Seva Samithi for motivating her to take up innovative farming methods.
She said that she had invested Rs 2 lakh and got more than Rs 8 lakh after selling her chilli crop, which is a profit of Rs 6 lakh. Deputy manager of Mahindra Samriddhi B Jayapal Reddy stated that they have been extending awards to recognize the efforts of farmers who had successfully adopted innovative farming technologies and registered highest yields in crop productivity.