Mahindra honours Indian farmers at the third edition of Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards

A salute to the change leaders of Agriculture


February 22, 2013, New Delhi: The Farm Equipment Sector of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., India’s leading tractor manufacturer, today announced the winners of the India Agri Awards 2013. These awards have been instituted to recognize the Indian farmer’s noteworthy and purposeful contribution to the field of agriculture, the backbone of the Indian economy. Minister of State for Agriculture, Shri Tariq Anwar was the guest of honour at the awards ceremony.

 

The awards were judged by an eminent jury of agri experts chaired by Mr. Ashish Bahuguna, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture & Cooperation, Govt of India.

 

The Mahindra Samriddhi Krishi Shiromani Samman (Life Time Achievement Award) 2013 was conferred upon Dr. R S Paroda for his immense contribution to Indian Agriculture and for enabling rural India to RISE.

 

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group said, “I would like to congratulate all the winners of the Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards 2013 which is part of our endeavour to recognize and felicitate the unsung heroes of India’s agriculture sector for their noteworthy and purposeful contribution. As India’s leading tractor manufacturer for over 29 years, we have always encouraged innovative practices with a focus on enhancing rural prosperity. We hope these awards will encourage modernization and change as we felicitate these worthy winners.”

 

Dr. Pawan Goenka, President Automotive and Farm Equipment Sectors said, “At the Mahindra Group we believe in driving positive change through our businesses and the awards are an extension of this belief. The awards highlight some of the most inspiring farmer stories and create an opportunity for us and the farming community to exchange knowledge and share best practices to strive towards greater innovation and productivity in the field of Agriculture.”

 

This initiative is an extension of the company’s Mahindra Samriddhi initiative which aims to enhance agricultural productivity through innovative farming technologies, thereby leading to an increase in rural prosperity. Several Mahindra dealerships have been transformed into Samriddhi Centres offering the farmer easy access to technological know-how, hybrid seeds, soil and irrigation water testing facilities, demo farms, finance and insurance internet updates, apart from sales and service of tractors and advanced implements.

 

Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards 2013 Details:

Number of nominations received from farmers across the country: 28,242 - 43% growth over last year.

  • Cash Prizes:

a)    National Level Cash Prizes (for individuals and institutes): Rs. 2,11,000

b)    Regional Level Cash Prize (for individuals): Rs. 51,000

c)    Runner up Cash Prize (for institutes): Rs. 1,01,000

d)    Lifetime Achievement Award: Rs.5,00,000

National Winners of the Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri leadership awards 2013 are as follows:

Mahindra Samriddhi  Krishi Samrat Samman

-       Farmer of the Year Award (Male)

 

  1. Land holding Less than 5 acres

Mr. Moti Singh Rawat

  1. Land holding from 5 to 20 acres

Mr.  Sakthivel R

  1. Land holding more than 20 acres

Mr.  P. Azhagar

Mahindra Samriddhi Krishi Prerna Samman

-  Farmer of the Year Award (Female)

 

Ms.  Sushila Gabel

Mahindra Samriddhi Krishi Yuva Samman

- Farmer of the Year Award (Youth)

 

Mr.  Nileshkumar Jayendrakumar Patel

Mahindra Samriddhi Krishi Sansthan Samman

- Recognition for Public Sector organization

 

Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack

Mahindra Samriddhi Krishi Shiksha Samman

- Recognition for Agricultural Universities

 

UAS, Dharwad

Mahindra Samriddhi Krishi Sahyog Samman

- Recognition for NGOs / SHGs

 

Lupin Human Welfare and Foundation

Mahindra Samriddhi Krishi Vigyan Kendra Samman 

-  Recognition for KVK of the year

 

Kalyan Krishi Vigyan Kendra

Mahindra Samriddhi Krishi Shiromani Samman  

- Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Dr R S Paroda