Radhika Anand, along with Indian Army Planted more than one lakh twenty thousand trees in a year

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52-year-old Radhika Anand, resident of Delhi and a former Air Force Officer’s daughter, has planted more than one lakh twenty thousand saplings in a single year in partnership with the Indian Army. The Trees included in these are mango, tamarind, blackberry, and jackfruit trees which were planted in and around across Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and North India Army Formations. The cost to plant and nurture the tree for its entire life is just 15 Rupees as per her.

Radhika Anand is also a Founder & CEO of Plantology, which felicitates a mass movement amongst young minds which has subsequently manifested in productive socio-ecomomic welfare outcomes.

Plantology’s latest initiative is “Mission Fal-Van, Fruit for All” which is a movement towords creating more green cover and oxygen for our future generations and food for all species existing on plant earth. Mission “Fal Van” aims to plant 50,000 fruit trees per year.

You may contact Plantology at their website http://www.plantologyindia.com.

Meet the “Mango Man” who grows more than 300 varieties of mangoes on single tree – PadmaShri Haji Kalimullah Khan from Lucknow, India

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Haji Kalimullah Khan from Malihabad, Lucknow, India, also called as ‘Mango Man’ has been awarded the Padma Shri in 2008 for his rare technique of growing more than 300 varieties of mangoes of different shapes, sizes and hues on one tree.

Khan’s prized tree is about 100 years old on which he started work in 1987 to develop the craft of growing different varieties on one tree. Using the asexual propagation technique of grafting, he has developed several new varieties of mangoes, some of which has been named after his family members who also were mango growers and some named after celebrities such as Akhilesh Yadav, Sachin Tendulkar, Sonia Gandhi and Aishwarya Rai. Anarkali, a variety of mango developed by him is reported to have two different skins and two different layers of pulp, each having a different taste. Every fruit on this tree has a tiny tin label of identification on its pale green pedicle.

No wonder the tree has been put together with great care. So, the Alphonsos have come all the way from Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district, the Langras from Bihar, the Himsagars from West Bengal and the Bangan-pallis from Andhra Pradesh. He knows all eyes are on the tree. Hence the constant striving for perfection. “I am angootha-thek (illiterate),” he says, “but I do have something to contribute.”

“Kaleemullah is an amazing man,” grants an official of the Uttar Pradesh government’s directorate of horticulture and food processing.

A local Hindi-language journalist acquiesces: “It’s unbelievable. Kaleemullah can grow two or three varieties of mangoes on the same stalk. What’s more, he recognises every single variety from the way it looks and smells.”

Listen the complete story from Haji Kalimullah Khan own.

You may contact  “Padam Shree Haji Kalimullah Khan” at his Mobile No : +91 9936653445 and address Malihabad, Lucknow, from state Uttar Pradesh in India. His website is http://hajikaleemullahkhan.in

We are what we eat and plants give us what we feed – TEDx talk by Ramanjaneyulu GV

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Is our food safe? A red alert question that Ramanjaneyulu, puts out to all of us. Hear him talk about the quality of food we are eating. Listen to the reasons we need to adapt to organic farming as a results of excessive use of chemical pesticides and horrifying facts and statistics, surrounding them. He alerts us to the damage we are doing to our ecological footprints. In his heart wrenching talk, Ramanjaneyulu, highlights the plight of farmers and the reasons they commit suicide and the many reasons that farmers and farming should not die.

“We are what we eat and plants give us what we feed.” He is waging a war against the use of pesticides in agricultural activities and has challenged the traditional methods of farming. Apart from running the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture as the Executive Director, he also runs a small outlet, Sahaja Ahaaram, which stocks pest-free products from farmers. After leaving his full-time government job, Ramanjaneyulu dedicated himself to the benefit of farmers and his campaign, ‘India for Safe Food’.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Credit : http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Poison-on-our-Plate-Ramanjaneyu

Ram Saran Verma, Farmer who is changing destiny of others – Inspirational Farmer II

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Ram Saran Verma, 48, from Daulatpur village of Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki district, who devised his own hybrid and tissue culture technique to increase crop yields by as much as 300 per cent and chose to share his secret for free; he has imparted his techniques to over 10,000 farmers not just from his own state but from as far as Gujarat and West Bengal.

The three-fold mantra of this school dropout is technology, quality and crop rotation. Verma has been rotating five crops over the last two years, and it’s this that has helped him stave off any slowdown in a single crop. “Once you are growing five different crops, the ups and downs are automatically taken care of. For instance, if the price of banana went down, that of potato shot up; likewise, the high yield of tomato sufficed to meet the down swing in its price,” he explains.

Mr. Verma runs “Hi-Tech Agriculture & Consultation” at Village Daulatapur, Uttar Pradesh and you can find more information at their website vermaagri.com

References : Indiatoday,  Outlookindia & NDTVIndia

My Journey from Banking to Farming – by Mr. Krishna Rai

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When I was young my thinking was that I was the son of a land lord, but that thinking was not  without reason, as my dad was having good amount of lands in those days. Well that was in 60’s/and 70’s, but soon my proud feelings got a dent when we lost major part of our lands due to land Reforms of that era. Yet our life in those days were certainly comfortable.
In fact on those days I planned for stopping my education, for a dreamy farming on our dads well planned farm. But my dad realized the future,and drove me to Bangalore with his dream of making me a good lawyer. And after law I opted for a banks job, in late sixties.

 

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My Farm Currently

          Well, at bank, I got a fairly reasonable success. But ultimately in all my 37 years of fruitful service, I was only good in safeguarding public money, but miserably failed in making my own money. Yet no regrets, but to a great extent I am proud on that.  And finally now after Banks job, being the son of a great farmer, I got this chance of falling back on farming now. For my luck this piece of land of my wife is intact. Well, I could have opted for a comfortable city life, but, yet my dream of the sixties is getting fulfilled. Well as to the plus and minuses of the farming most of you are sure well versed than me.

          Finally, I feel and sure that with my farming money I may not fly on the sky, but yet I am sure I will not sink either. And as far as my comforts on life I was really comfortable as a boy with my dad,and so was in my banking long days,and certainly more comfortable and more happy today than I was ever.

Good days to you all, and wish me for my good days too.

About Author :

Mr Krishna Rai Mr. Krishna Rai has worked with Vijaya Bank in past and currently does farming. He can be reached through Facebook profile

 

 

 

 


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12 year old, Pune Boy, designs Ship to remove plastic from Ocean and save Marine Life

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The plight and struggle of the aquatic life, trying to survive the waste dumped into the oceans moved 12-year-old Haaziq Kazi to come up with an innovative solution to this world hazard. He designed a prototype of a ship, named ERVIS which can suck out plastic from the ocean surface. Haaziq Kazi is a high-school student from Pune, India known for his project to clean ocean from wastes (primarily plastic).

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Ervis ship design screengrab as taken from tedx youtube video

The ship is essentially a large boat powered by hydrogen and renewable natural gas with various compartments and saucers surrounding it”. The saucers, float on the surface gravitate to create a whirlpool to pull the waste towards its centre. These saucers will have a central outlet which will swallow the waste and is connected via a tube to various chambers in the ship. These chambers include an oil chamber which collects waste oil. There are four more chambers which are for large, medium, small & micro waste respectively