Plant Genome Saviour Awards to the conservers of plant diversity


Shri.Radha Mohan Singh ji, the Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India conferred the Plant Genome Saviour Awards/ Rewards / Recognitions to the farmers/ farming communities on 21st December 2016 in an award function organized by Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights Authority at B.P. Pal Auditorium, IARI-ICAR, New Delhi.  Dr. R.R. Hanchinal, Chairperson,  PPV&FRA in his welcome address informed that the Authority has received about 12771 applications for registration out of which 6827 belongs to Farmers. The Authority has issued about 2441 IPR certificates out of which 892 have been issued to Farmers varieties. The occasion was also graced by Shri S.K. Pattanaik, Secretary, DoAC&FW; Dr. T.Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR; Dr. Ashok Dalwai, Additional Secretary, DoAC&FW; Shri R.K.Singh, Jt. Secretary (Seeds), DoAC&FW. Shri N.A.Wagay, Member of Parliament; Shri A.R.Rather, Hon'ble Member of Legislative Assembly of J&K; Vice Chancellors; Deputy Director Generals of ICAR, ADGs, Director, Representative of Embassies, and many other esteemed guests, farmers and Authority Members also graced the occasion.


Hon’ble Agriculture Minister in his address informed that farmers and farming communities who have made important contribution towards advancement of Indian agriculture is praiseworthy who were not earlier recognized and he congratulated all the awardees. He also announced that recently the Government has given approval for opening of three new branch offices of the Authority to be established soon at Palampur (HP), which will cover the states of northern hill zone, another at  Pune, which will covers the Central and western zone states and third one at Shivamogga (Karnataka) for southern states so that the Authority shall have a better reach to the Farmers and other stakeholders for implementation of various provisions of the PPV&FR Act, 2001. He also informed that the Government shall sanction one more branch office for the benefit of the farmers. Dr. R.C. Agrawal, Registrar-General, PPV&FRA gave a vote of thanks.


The details of farmers who have been conferred the PGSC Awards/Rewards and Recognitions are as follows:-

a)       Plant Genome Savior Community Awards 2013-14 each consisting of ten lakhs rupees cash prize, citation, certificate and memento.  The Awards were conferred to the following five communities namely:-


(1)         Farming community of Village Sagam and Danwathpora, Dist-Anantnag, J & K, in Western Himalayan Agro-biodiversity hotspot area, isinvolved in conservation, cultivation of train conservation of Rice varieties, especially Mushkbudgi and Kamad having high aroma, high cold tolerance, better cooking quality and great market value.  In addition to conservation of these rice varieties, this community is involved in post harvest processing and marketing.   This community shared their varieties for extend the irrigation channels to such areas for development.


(2)       Chengalikodan Banana Growers Association, Erumapetty, Thrissur, Kerala, located at Malabar agro-biodiversity hotspot area, is actively involved in the conservation of Banana varieties with special emphasis on ChengalikodanNendran Banana and other crops like Mango, Coconut, Jack fruit, Timber Trees, Vegetables etc.  This banana variety is famous for its taste, bunch shape and fruit colour.   This community is conserving ChengalikodanNendran Banana by traditional method.         


(3)         SagarKrishnanagar Swami Vivekananda Youth Cultural Society, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, locatedat Gangetic Delta agro-biodiversity hotspot area, is involved in conservation of traditional landraces of Rice varieties and medicinal species.  The community is conserving thirty nine indigenous rice varieties and thirty four types of medicinal species.  Some of the rice varieties viz. Badshabhog, Durgabhog, Dudheswar, Harinakhuri, Kalajira, Kartikbhog, Kanakchur are aromatic in nature.  This community distributed seeds of indigenous rice varieties among the farming communities in the gangetic delta region of West Bengal.


(4)         Khola / Canacona Chilli Cultivators Groups, Khola, Shirothi, South Goa in Konkan agro-biodiversity hotspot area, is actively involved in conservation of the traditional local variety of Chilli known as Khola / Canacona Chilli(s), tuber crops and vegetables.   This chilli has brilliant red colour with medium pungency. 


(5)         Karen Welfare Association, Webi, Mayabunder, Middle Andaman, A& N Islands, in Islands agro-biodiversity hotspot area is actively involved in conservation, cultivation of 6 traditional varieties of rice viz. Khushbayya, Black Burma, White Burma, Mushley, Nyawin and Red Burma.  This community has conserved these varieties since 1925 in North & Middle Andaman.  This community used traditional method for maintaining genetic variability for long term conservation.



b)      Plant Genome Saviour Farmer Rewards 2014:- The reward carries a cash reward of Rs.1.5 lakh, Citation, Certificate and Memento.  The Rewards were conferred to the following farmers:-


(1)         Shri Ram Prakash Kesharwani, Bamhanidih, Lakhuri, Janjgeer, Chhattisgarh is a progressive grower and conserver of local eight varieties of paddy.  The important cultivars are Gudshakkar, Ram Basmati, Shankar Bhog, Purana Basmati, Shyam Swarn, Shree RamprakashDhan, ChinniShakkar and Parvati Shiv. He has developed his own special agricultural techniques.


(2)         Shri Shaji N. M, Elapupara house, Arattuthara PO, Mananthawady, Wayanad district, Kerala, is a conserver of tuber crops viz., Greater yam, Colocasia, Sweet Potato, Tapioca/cassava, Elephant foot yam, Arrow Root, Chinese Potato, Lesser yam and other crops such as Turmeric, vegetables, medicinal plant and orchid native type species.  In tuber crops viz. Greater yam and Elephant foot yam, he has used innovative methods of conservation in cultural practices, storage techniques and planting techniques.


(3)          Shri Surendra Kumar, SadholiKadim, Naniyari, Kamboh Mazra, Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, is a progressive grower and conserver local varieties of Wheat, Paddy, Vegetables, Cotton etc.  The wheat cultivar, “Bansi” (Triticum durum) conserved by him, has been used for development of high yielding wheat varieties.  He used traditional innovative methods of conservation in cultural practices, storage techniques.



c)        Plant Genome Saviour Farmer Recognition 2014:- The recognition carries Rs.1 Lakh in cash, Citation, Certificate and Memento.  The Recognitions were conferred to the following farmers


(1)       Shri N. A. Chandran, P. Vernballur(P.O.), Thrissur,  Kerala is conserving different traditional coconut varieties (Malayan Yellow Dwarf and Chowghat Orange Dwarf).  He also conserved different local varieties in mango, bamboo, heliconia etc.  The traditional cultivars of many other crop plants including cashew, tamarind, guava, medicinal plants, jack fruit, teak, etc are also conserved by him.  He follows organic method of cultivation.


(2)       Shri Aravind K, P V Kalam(H), Pombra, Palakkad, Kerala is a progressive grower and conserver of local varieties of Banana, fruit trees, plantation crops, vegetables, medicinal and aromatic plant species. The local variety viz., Pisang Linin conserved by him was used in the development of Banana hybrids viz., BRS1 and BRS2.  He is also propagating the concept of natural living and biodiversity conservation.  


(3)       Shri Rechanna M., Kollagala, HosaMalangi Post. Chamarajanagar, Karnataka is a conserver of varieties in Paddy, Black gram, Cowpea, Green gram, Sesame etc. The farmer has adopted innovative in-situ methods of conservation.  The varieties are having various special traits viz. medicinal, disease resistant, nutrition and drought tolerance.


(4)       Shri Shankarguru M.K., Madralli, Kannalli, T. P.O. Narasipura, Mysore, Karnataka  is a progressive farmer and organic certified seed grower of traditional paddy varieties.  He has conserved fourteen traditional paddy varieties and developed ‘NMS-2’ variety which is preferred for its high yield. 


(5)       Shri Prabhakar M.  Keny, Salcete, Savor Katta, Cuncolim, South Goa is a conserver of Cashew, Coconut, Arecanut, Mango, Jackfruit along with spice/condiment crops such as Black pepper, Nutmeg and Vanilla.  Two promising local selection in Cashew viz. Balli- 2 and Goa Cashew nuts (KN – 2/98) are originally located from his farm.  He has also developed a unique technique for the propagation of cashew, mango, nutmeg and jackfruit.  



(6)       Shri BudhramKashyap, Bheramgarh, Talnar, Nailsnar, Bijapur, Chhattisgarh is conserving traditional varieties of rice, tuber, vegetables, fruits etc.  One rice variety viz., ‘Munda dhan’, is preferred for its quality of white rice and disease resistance.  The other conserved varieties are Diyari, Samsari, Navsingo and Budma etc.


(7)       Shri NitaiMistri, Balrampur, Maharajganj, Chhattisgarh is a progressive grower and conserver of local varieties of paddy, minor millets, pigeon pea (Arhar) and vegetables and other crop species in flower like marigold, rose, Hibiscus, Frangipani, Magnolia etc.  


(8)       Shri Rohit Kumar Sahoo, Patan, Achanakpur, Tarra, Durg, Chhattisgarh, is engaged in conservation of Mango variety Totapari.  The special feature of this variety is that, it gives fruits twice after every three years.   The gene of this mango variety kept in the Gene bank of IGKV, Raipur.   The taste of un-ripe mango fruits is like coconut.


(9)       Shri Bosaram Atami, Geedam, Kasoli, Hiranar, Dantewada, Chhattisgarh has conserved four rice varieties (ChudiDhan, Ganga baru, Andradeshibosaram and SefmaBaingi) that have been utilised in rice improvement and cultivated through SRI or broadcast sowing.  The farmer uses traditional storage techniques viz. Dolakkuchha for Rice.


(10)  Shri Manjeet Singh Saluja, Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh is a progressive grower and conserver of local varieties of Rice (Kartar-1), Wheat (Bhagat-1), Pea (BhagatMatar) and Gram (Bhagat Chana-1).  The farmer developed one local variety in rice viz. Kartar-1(improvement over Badshahbhog local variety) through selection. 


(11)  Shri Kamal Kishore Kashyap, Badechkua, Bastar, Chhattisgarh is a progressive grower and conserver for traditional varieties in Bitter gourd, Brinjal, papaya and some varieties in medicinal plants.