Papamma is a model organic farmer


Papamma (60), a farmer from the remote village of D. Kurubarahalli in Kolar district of Karnataka, has now become a household name in the State by bagging this year’s Rajyotsava Award.

Starting off as a farm labourer, Papamma is now a successful agriculturist. Relentless efforts in the field of organic farming for the last one decade have brought laurels and recognition to Papamma, who till recently did not know how to write her name.

The three acres of land owned by Papamma’s family has been the centre of activities as far as organic farming is concerned for the last more than a decade. The family never turned to fertilizers and pesticides during this time, and is still reaping a rich harvest due to natural farming methods it has adopted.

The family has not purchased vegetables from shops or vendors for the last about 20 years. It has achieved such levels of self-reliance. Papamma’s seed bank is one of the main features of her organic farming system. Her passion to preserve seeds for the next season has converted her house into a “seed bank”.
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