Progressive Farmers

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Sri.G.Nagaratnam Naidu
Sri. Veerapaneni Veerabhadra Rao
Srimati Balamma
Sri. Chintala Venkat Reddy
Sri. Meka Jaganmohan Rao
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Sri. Chintala Venkat Reddy is a progressive farmer from Old Alwal, Hyderabad. He experimented with an innovative way of improving soil fertility by replacing the top soil of 4-6 inches depth with sub-soil which is rich in nutrient content. This technique led to the highest yield of paddy 10.31 tonnes per hectare with BPT 5204 (Samba Mahsuri) and 5.6 tonnes per hectare with wheat (Lok 1) as against the normal yields of 5.0 to 6.5 tonnes per hectare for rice and 2.5 to 3.0 tonnes per hectare for wheat. This process has been appreciated by scientists of agricultural research institutes.

 

           This novel technique developed by Sri. C. Venkat Reddy has been cleared by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva. He is the first farmer in India to obtain the patent for his novel innovation through WIPO and US PTO. He also applied for patent in another 30 countries. Interestingly in addition to yield enhancement, the nutritional quality of rice and wheat cultivated by Sri. C. Venkat Reddy were found to be very high.

 

            Sri. C. Venkat Reddy was felicitated by the Honourable Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Dr. Y.S. Rajashekar Reddy for his outstanding and path breaking efforts in improving soil fertility without use of chemical fertilizers leading to high yields.

 

           In addition to this he was given "Draksha Ratna" award for best yield and qualityof grapes in 1990. He was given a Gold Medal as best grape farmer for getting highest yield in the world (105 tonnes per hectare - Anuab Shahi Variety - 84 tonnes per hectare for seedless grapes). Many dignitaries visited his farm and appreciated his efforts.

 

Date: 25.10.2008

Hyderabad