A farmer from Dakshina Kannada conferred with award by the Gujarat Govt for his innovative contributions in the field of agriculture.

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Sept 20: A feather on the cap of Prabhakar Mallya, a progressive farmer of tiny village in Belthangady taluk has come in the form of yet another prestigious award conferred on him by the Gujarat government for his innovative contribution to the agriculture field. He has also received several other awards in the past.

His innovations and experiments in the field of agriculture has enabled him to be recognized by the Gujarat Government to confer award on him.Mallya was conferred with an award at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit organized by the Agriculture and Co-operation Department of Gujarat government at Gandhi Nagar on September 9, for his valuable contributions in the field of agriculture.

The presentation of award to Mayya was done in the presence of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. The award is being conferred on selected progressive farmers and others who have contributed significantly to farm and its allied fields. By receiving the award, which comprises Rs 51,000 in cash, citation and a memento, Mayya has brought laurels not only to his tiny village but also to Dakshina Kannada district.

The success story of Prabhakar Mayya did not come with ease, but after crossing all the hurdles. He quit his teaching profession a decade ago and took up farming with the love towards agriculture. Today, he stands as a role model to farmers, for he reaped from the land which was once barren.

He ventured into farming with just five kilograms of ginger and five kilograms of elephant yam (that would have cost him less than Rs 200 then) 10 years ago and he reaped 25 kg in the next year. In the fourth year, he reaped a whopping 5,000 kgs of ginger and elephant yam. Apart from cultivating a wide variety of vegetables and fruits including cucumber, brinjal, gherkins, black gram , banana, he also cultivates arecanut, coconut and other commercial crops.

There is hardly any variety that he does not grow in his five acre land.
Apart from cultivation, Mayya has taken up the task of pisciculture, poultry, cattle and goat rearing. Over 210 teams of farmers and agriculture scientists have so far visited his farmland and study purpose.

He is also the recipient of Pragathi Sheela award from GKVK Bangalore and best areca grower award by Indian Society for Plantation Crops.

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