President gives Krishi Karman award to Bihar
PATNA: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday presented Krishi Karman award to Bihar for a significant production of rice and paddy in 2011-12. Agriculture minister Narendra Singh received the award, consisting of a trophy, a citation and a cash of Rs1 crore, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
The President also presented award to a farmer, Sumant Kumar, from Darveshpura village under Katrisarai block in Nalanda district for creating a world record in production of 224 quintal paddy per hectare through Systematic Rice Intensification (SRI) method.
The President also gave award to Shanti Devi of Naran village in Nokha block of Rohtas district for creating a record in production of a certain variety of paddy named MPU-7029. According to deputy director of agriculture department A C Jain, scientists had predicted production of 55 quintal per hectare of MTU-7029. But Shanti Devi had grown 95 quintal per hectare paddy of this variety through SRI method in financial year 2011-12, he added.
Sumant Kumar and Shanti Devi were also presented with citation.