Feedback for the pulse panchayat story published in Farmers Note book on 22-05-2014
There were 17 farmers called by phone from various parts of the country and conveyed their wishes, enquired about the concept of pulse panchayat, process followed to establishing pulse panchayat and the performance of the Black gram seed Vamban 4. Few examples from the farmers are” Mr. Anand called from Chennai and enquired about establishing pulse farm in his land located nearby Chengalpat, Mr. Ravichandran from Dharmapuri enquired about the performance of Vamban 4 Blackgram variety, Mr. Venkatesha rao from Hyderabad expressed the big wishes and enquired about the seed, Mr. Ramalingam from Thiruvarur enquired about the seed, Mr. Selvaraj from Thiruppur enquired about the seed and we organized the seed for his 4 acre land, he recently called us and he sowed Vamban 4 seed and the germination is very good. Mr. Prasanth damodaran and Mr. Krishnaswamy from Karnataka sent mail and enquired about the details of Pulse panchayat concept. From the farmers feedback they were very interest in enquiring about the Vamban 4 variety which is Yellow mosaic virus free with good yield performance.
DHANUKA AGRITECH LIMITED is a Gurgaon/New Delhi headquartered Crop Protection Solution Provider called and sent their samples of their products to undertake. Ramkumar Industries from Coimbatore, the manufacturers of farm implement contacted and expressed to have tie up with us on further promotion of their farm implements.
Mr. Bharath from Selam called and enquired about the South Vellar Agri. Producer Organisation since his organisation is the nodal agency to promote producer companies in Tamil Nadu, he conveyed a message that there are possibilities of having tie up with SVAPO in terms of promoting the SVAPO as producer company. Mr. Srinivasulu from Premji foundation Hyderabad expressed his wishes. Mr. Bablu Ganguly from organisation called Timbaktu Collective expressed his wishes. Dr. Utkash Ghate, called from the covenant Centre for Development expressed his wishes
Dr. Palaniduai, the Dean of Indian Institute for Crop Processing technology, based at Thanjavur expressed his wishes and also he showed his interest in having future colloabaratiion with the Pulse Panchayata movement. Mr. Karuna, from Panchayat Raj department, Chennai called and expressed his wishes. Mr. Ghanshyam Jeph, from Prime Ministers Rural Development Programme based in Bihar called to know about the concept of Pulse Panchayat and the processes adopted and he enquired this with the interest of taking up this concept into Bihar priministers Rural Development programme. The scientists from National Pulses Research Station, Vamban called and expressed their wishes. The officials from Department of Agri business from Pudukkottai district were expressed their wishes and expressed their interest in carry forwarding the collaboration with SVAPO
The local press reporters from The Hindu – Tamil version, the Indian Express dailies called and visited the MSSRF office and had discussion about the work of MSSRF and they assured to do cover the future work of MSSRF in their respective dailies.
Mr. Zahir, from New Delhi doing PhD research on agriculture policies called and enquired about the concept of Pulse Panchayat. Mr. Navin, from New Delhi who is a student preparing for IAS enquired about the Pulse Panchyat concept.
Dr. Shantakumar Hopper, Director, MSSRF, emal: email@example.com
It is a pleasure talking to you. My name is Shubham Saxena. I belong to the
2013 Batch of Indian Administrative Service ( IAS ). Sir, I have been
reading your column in The Hindu newspaper since last 8 years. I am very
much inspired by your writings. Soon I am going for my On the Field
District Training in Odisha for 10 months. I have a dream to work in the
field of agriculture so as to contribute my bit in eradicating the rural
poverty. I hope if I find any difficulty I could contact you. Sir, if
possible suggest me some books and publications, best agricultural
practices that can be replicated in Odisha in improving the agriculture
scenario there.I would be grateful. after a year or so, I am going to be a
sub collector in Odisha. I earnestly need your advice from time to time. I
hpoe for your reply.
Assistant Collector under training
Mr. Sidharth Varadarajan
Dear Mr. Sidharth Varadarajan,
First of all, let me thank you profusely for publishing the article “Palani Guava growers export to West Asian countries’ on 12.09.2013 in the Farmers Note Book of your esteemed daily The Hindu. As of now, I have received more than 600 calls from the farmers, traders, exporters, processors, fertilizer company representatives, organic producers, APEDA officials, Bankers, police IG, Army Captain, Scientists, retired employees, fellow scientists, friends, students, house wife and general publics from Delhi to Kanniyakumari.
I have also received more than 45 mails from the Hindu readers. Many of them appreciated the effort taken to help the farmers for exporting guava. I had also received calls from exporters numbering more than 10 for getting guava fruit from Palani area. Most importantly, officials from APEDA, Bangalore had called and expressed to provide infrastructural facilities to the Palani farmers for further expansion.
The article has evoked a great amount of awareness about the scientific cultivation, fruit handling and marketing of guava among the readers of Hindu. Finally, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Hindu for giving me a learning experience from the readers. It also motivated meet work beyond.
Last but not least, all the readers had expressed about the comprehensive reporting by the Hindu correspondent. And to conclude, I never expected this much response from the readers pouring a range of questions relating to production till consumption. However, I had several missed calls in my cell which I will attend later.
With warm regards
(Dr. T. N. BALAMOHAN)
I would like to congratulate u for publication of success story of Integrated fish farming in your esteemed news paper dated 19/9/13. It has very good impact on fish farmers of different cross section of India and abroad. Within 7 days of ur publication i got 26 calls (6 Ap,4 TN,3 Kerala,4 Bihar, 3 Mumbai, 1 Jharkhand, 1 Sikkim and 4 Delhi) and 16 email. The Farmers Shri Ram Shakha Chaudhary received >80 calls from different cross section of India . I also received one email from Nigiria. Sir, Out of which 50 % people requested me to mail complete technical details of Integrated fish farming and appreciated my effort in Bihar Fisheries Development.
Sir, 9 members of farmers group from ur success story published dated 13/7/12 “Scientist must work with farmers to achieve food security” are inspired and going to develop 83 acre wetlands for integrated fish farming in Madhubani district, Bihar., 60 % work is completed and production has been start from june 13 and expected to complete shapeup of this project in April 14.
I assured reader to provide all technical information very soon. The enclosed technical paper is for ur kind information that I provided to our readers in different cross section of India and Abroad.. Once again I congratulate Hon,ble Prabhu sir for publication of this need based story in ur esteemed news paper .
Dr.Tun Tun Singh
B.Fsc, M.Fsc, ph.D, NET.
Arun R Nagarajan,
Fruit Growers’ Association of Tamil Nadu,
5-1-57, Main Road,
Mr Sidharth Varadarajan,
I am a Farmer with a Degree in Agricultural Engineering and also the Founder Secretary of The Fruit Growers’ Association of Tamil Nadu.I have been responsible to a small extent for promoting the commercial cultivation and value addition of Amla in South India.
I have been a reader of your esteemed newspaper, The Hindu, for the last thirty years and regularly read the Agriculture section published in your Thursday edition of the paper. The information published is very informative and conveyed in a very simple to understand manner. The last two articles on Jack fruit processing and Papaya cultivation are very well researched and presented. I request you to kindly consider publishing a full page on Agriculture with information on Agricultural practices at the National and International level. Many educated youngsters are coming (back) into Agriculture and I am sure that more information on Agriculture will motivate them to achieve greater heights.
I am also a subscriber of the Tamil edition of The Hindu and am captivated by the excellent layout and the information provided by the newspaper. I would request that you kindly include the Agriculture section in the Tamil Edition of The Hindu.
feedback after the story was published
After the News Article dated 4th July, there has been a flood in of over as many as around 500 calls in just 2 days. I should say that even a week after , I am getting around 20 calls a day, from the readers of Hindu.
The Following important calls have come so far :
a) Assam Government – Enquiry from Assam Power Development Corporation Limited
b) Chandīgarh Government – Enquiry from Central Poultry Development organization, a government of India organization proposing a National Award at the Northern Region Poultry advisory committee meeting, on 11th of October, World Egg Day. ( A copy of the email is attached for reference )
c) The Government of Alabama , United States of America – As a fall out of the article from the Hindu, Mr. Jagdesh from Alabama USA has contacted us and invited us to talk to the Government of Alabama in USA to put up a similar project in their country. Poultry Population is also huge in the states of Alabama in the United States. On accepting their invitation My father Mr. Durairaju is travelling to the USA on 24th July 2013 and will conducting business talks with Mr. Jagdesh and the government for two weeks.
d) From the Media, Doordarshan , Jaya TV, Andhrajothi, and All india Radio are carrying the news story, which is to be published in a few days. NDTV & Kungumam, are to confirm their interviews.
A majority of the calls have been from Like-minded people who have called in to express their appreciation, and said that our country could reach greatness, by more of such innovations, and wished success. Such encouraging words is a moral boost to achieve more. There were also calls from households who would want to learn to dispose of the wastes, in a sustainable way , calls from students who would want to get trained on such technologies, calls from institutions to deliver lectures and motivate their students, from large corporates who are looking for sustainable projects. The local Animal Husbandary Department in Namakkal of the state government has also got in touch for details.
SUBHASHRI BIOENERGIES PRIVATE LIMITED
Namakkal District, Tamil Nadu, India – 637205
DID : + 91 – 4288-234332
MOB: + 91 – 9443344737
Farmer Name : Mr. Shivaji Khadse (NVA Fellow, 2010)
Address : At Pachamba, Post : Shelu Khadse, Tha: Risod, Dist : Washim – 444506, Mob : 9763604729
A contact detail of Mr. Shivaji was published by The Hindu, Chennai on 10th Sept 2011 in their regular column. As soon as the contact details of Mr. Shivaji was published, he was flooded with phone calls from all over the country.
Farmer Name : Mr. Vishwasrao Bunde
Address : At Pedgaon, Post: Chichanba Pen
Tha: Risod, Dist: Washim – 444506
Mob : 9765815472
The Hindu published this story on 10/11/2011. Suddenly an ordinary farmer from an obscure village become a popular farmer in all overIndiaon the publication of his innovative story. He was flooded with phone calls for next five days from all over the country.
VRC staff had interviewed him about his reaction and how he benefited from the news publish by The Hindu. He replied that, “I think that now onwards I am not only a farmer but I am a very happy person to share my knowledge with other farmers also”.
He got number of calls, nearly 150 calls from different area. But he is feeling a little apologetic that he could not to record all phone calls
dateSat, Sep 25, 2010 at 2:44 AM
subjectthe piece on Bt Cotton….
Hope you are doing well.
The piece on Bt Cotton with your byline was a great surprise to dozens of us. It was obviously from an industry press release (the reason I say this is that other journalists had also filed stories with the same lines) – I wanted to know from you whether you had visited these farmers cited in the report. Also, what about balancing it with stories of farmers who have not done so well against the claims? You have been such a consistent writer on sustainable farming that this certainly came as a great surprise to us.
dateThu, Oct 7, 2010 at 1:23 PM
hide details 10/7/10
hope you are doing well.
i am S.Surender from hyderabad and i have been into broadcast media for 3yrs. and all these years i have been collecting your articles on the farmers and innovations by them.
so in this regard i would like to come up with a television series which is universal.
so kindly let me know if i can met you personally or even mobile communication is fine.
there are few other people who share same thoughts as you and i have pooled all together to work in this project.
waiting for your reply……
dateFri, Oct 22, 2010 at 12:31 PM
subjectArticle on M.C.Rao
hide details 10/22/10
Dear Mr. Prabu,
Your article on M.C.Rao (Oct 21) was very interesting.
I like your blunt approach in pointing out corruption in Govt. machinery. Remote
control may work for Railway minister Mamata Banerjee but not for investment in
farm sector. You have touched upon my favourite points: rotting food grains and Commissions/ Committees on agriculture.
Your presentation now resembles Sainath’s style and
probably you may receive some international award soon.
dateFri, Nov 26, 2010 at 7:24 AM
subjectAlagarsamy Moringa from Plaalpatti village goes to Niger
hide details 11/26/10
After seeing Hindu News now Alagaramy Moringa has been procured for planting in Niger to improve their uitritional status of people there. Hope this a news for Honey bee also .
Farmer’s notebook is a wonderful corner,
every article is precise, and one like me should store all of those,
Although i am not a farmer but i have planned that within a couple of year i am going get rid of my telecoms business to be a green farmer.
Here i request you to help me to do so, I have some (30 BIGHA) farm near New Delhi,
Also suggest me how i can get old articles covered in Farmer’s Notebook.
Thanking in anticipation.
V. Ramanan Shanmugam
Who Am I
I came to the united states from chennai 12 years back. I am U.S citizen.
Why I Value Agriculture So Much
Today no one dies in the United States of hunger. They die of cancer caused by food. The food plays a vital role. I have a 4 year old daughter. I want to teach her on organic/traditional farming methods. I want to learn ancient/current Indian way of farming without chemicals. Indian farmers being poor, are a blessing to the world. They haven’t been polluted by money or chemical based farming.
They adopt lean philosophy, which is taught in world famous business school’s, without them visiting one. They do not have highly sophisticated GPS based seed sowing machines, yet they have quality in their food products. I want to know that knowledge and share it with my daughter.
I still remember a lady who used to visit our house 20 years back with a basket full of vegetables. Her basket was plastered with cow dung. The basket was made of bamboo. Cow dung is anti-bacterial. It has so much in it which we do not know about.
Why I Like A Agriculture Section In Hindu
Few of my friends and colleagues have shown lot of interest in agriculture section of Hindu. The Hindu correspondent is more pro-organic, pro-farmer, pro-nation, pro-life. In a age where people want to make money through any means, we find a honest correspondent giving quality work to improve one’s own country.
We have been reading his section for quite a while and we are very much impressed with his articles. His articles not only apply to India and Indian farmers, but farmers in other nations also. We feel he is a true asset to Hindu newspaper and farming community as a whole. To find a person who is so much interested in pure food and a journalist by profession is very rare. In Indian conditions (climatic), it is hard to find people with so much interest.
Many of my American colleagues are showing lot of interest in Organic way of living/farming. They feel India has lot to contribute. For Eg. Neem is extensively used in the U.S farming area. A good example is http://www.pathtofreedom.com. A urban homestead in the heart of Los Angels. They use neem based products for their crops.
Nature is always communist. I haven’t seen nature charging a $1 for its output. It always serves others. Being in a capitalist country, i have found nature is communist in thinking. A recent remarks by Shri Jairam Ramesh on chinese
Chinese do not talk as much as Indians, but Chinese perform better, they do much more. I am full of admiration for the way that China just gets to work, where as you know, India talk and talk and keep on talking,” he was quoted by Xinhua as saying on May 7.
Collective Request From Me, My American And European Friends & Colleagues
Currently agriculture section occupies half a page. Could this be extended to a booklet (4 pages,8 sides). We in the U.S and Europe would like to see articles on organic/traditional way of cultivation by Indian farmers and others. We would like to see financial loan based information for farmers once in a month. In a nutshell, agriculture section articles in Hindu newspaper should be a reference material for PhD thesis. We would love to see the following – Page 01,03 – Non chemical based cultivation case studies, Page 04 -List of farmers who do organic way of cultivation. Once a month Page 03,04 can contain loan information, problems, suggestions from farmers to the government.
A Case Study
I recently contacted a farmer mentioned in agriculture section of the Hindu. The article is dated Dec 14 2006. I have received good information from him in preparing a fish based organic pesticide, growth improving liquid which can be used for plants. I am documenting this process to be published in few newspapers here. I am going to put The Hindu newspaper as the inspiration and source for this information.
If i can convince you to publish 4 pages (8 sides), India and the world wins. Future generations will be awarded with quality,pure food. Small kids will receive pure chemical free food. If I have convinced you I would like to know the reason.If i didn’t convince you to publish 8 sides, i have failed. If i have failed, i would like to know the reason. Maybe i haven’t explained my point clearly.
The Hindu Newspaper being another son/daughter for many in India and abroad, the benefit to humanity will be very high.
Greetings from IISR, Calicut.
I am writing this to thank you for bringing to the knowledge of larger public about our KVK activities pertaining to the Soil Health Cards (Hindu dated 13th May) and about the VVV club. This has kindled a lot of interest among agencies working with farmers.We have started getting emails and phone calls asking our help in organising similar work. In fact, I should thank you for taking the cause of farmers and bringing to lime light such important activities that form base for successful agriculture. We talk of plant health leaving soil health ! We must also help farmers to form SHG so that they become self sustaining for marketing and also for various other common interests.
You have beautifully brought this in your story. I thank you once again for your wonderful presentation and style in writing.
With best wishes,
Indian Institute of spices Research
P.O. Marikunnu, Calcut, Kerala 673012
From: “M.Narayanan Kumar” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 17:49:10 +0530 (IST)
Subject: Commercialisation of production & Marketing of Innovative Agricultural Implements
Prof Anil Gupta,
GIAN(Grassroot Innovation Augmentation Network,
I came to know about your organisation thru today’s article “Innovations to remove the drudgery of manual labour” in today’s(25.02.2010) The Hindu daily under the section of Farmer”s Notebook. It is heartening to note that the Innovations created by Mr Mansukhbhai Jagani of Amreli Dist,Gujarat has come out with useful agricultural implements which will help the farmers Society.
I am a Social Entrepreneur & Founder Director of Egroceryshop.in a worldwide Online Supermarket dealing in all kinds of Goods & Services to Family,Industries & Small & Medium Enterprises. We are interested to provide marketing support to the products(Seed cum Fertilizer Applicator & Bicycle mounted sprayer developed by Mr Mansuhkbhai Jagani. If you are interested please write to us with your detailed offer with exclusive rights to market at both local & International market.
Looking forward to your favourable reply
with Best Regards
M.Narayanan – Director Egroceryshop.in
PRADYOT ADAVI <email@example.com> wrote:
Good morning sir, I read the article published in THE HINDU newspaper dated 25-02-2010 about using the bicycle to sow seeds and spray fertilzers.
Sir i am very keen to know more about how to implement it so that my villagers can make the most out of it. How can i get information to implement it?
I would take this opportunity to congratulate Mr. Mansukhbhai Jagani for making the work of farmers so easy. We need a lot of people like them to take rural INDIA forward and also people like you sir who support them. I request you sir to kindly send me the details to it sir.
Mr. Pradyot H Adavi, Bangalore
Uddhab kr. Bharali
Published on January 14, 2010
To Mr. M.J.Prabhu,
My sincere regards and many many thanks to You . Jan 14th , You and of course The Hindu made it a RED letter day for me. Till today I have received more then 700 calls from all over the world especially from south India .What more an innovator can aspect in his lifetime. I no longer feel lonely now. You just have placed me among the people now. That article is a heavenly blessing for an innovator /me. Apart from the call I have received around 150 mail also. many of them for product enquiry .Some of them asking for a solution of the problem in there technology field. They are happy that, through The Hindu they got someone to look after their technological problem in their respective field.
But above all , the mail from the student and passed out tech. graduate —saying inspired by the article , they want go out to solve the problem of the farmer and want me forward the problem of the agri field to them. That is the real victory. That was my dream it came true through You Sir and The Hindu.My feelings— THE HINDU—-means ,THE HEAVENLY CARRIER TO REACH THE GOAL.
Sir, I am on the last stage of developing a chair for the handicap people who just can,t move at all . THIS CHAIR IS GOING TO MAKE THEM SELF DEPENDENT IN TOILLETING AND CLEANING. IT IS GOING TO BE MY SALUTE TO- THE HINDU.
Sir I am not happy because ,this popularity will give me monetary benefits. I never had tried to make money. I have lost everything in my life.I just have devoted my life to the deprived one –to give them some kind of livelihood by exploring new area of employment through innovation. There has been many instance ,when I sold My valuables—Car,ring etc. to meet the R&D expenditure.
Sir, as my tribute to you and the people from south India ,I have decided to developed a very low cost ARECANUT peeler (I found from the mail that,a sizable no of people engaged in that sector). My Hats of to you
Uddhab kr. Bharali
mobile: 09435189642. //
Email from Mr. Pandharinath Sarjerao More on his article published on December 31, 2009 http://beta.thehindu.com/sci-tech/agriculture/article73413.ece
1 I got 400 to 500 phone call after the artical was published.
2 maney people visited our farm.
3 maney orders of out of state are come for machine.
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPORT.
phones: 02423-262070, 202070, mobiles: 9881269253 and 9420748253. //
From: Dr Mada
Letter from Forest college and research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Mettupalayam- 641301
Shri M.J. Prabu,
Agricultural Correspondent, The Hindu, Chennai.
I am very pleased to write to you in connection with your agricultural articles published in the Farmer’s Note Book of the Hindu. It is worth to mention that the articles written by you on every Thursday have made significant changes in the mind set of many farmers.
The newspaper Hindu is believed to be for only those who know English with a higher language but this trend has now changed particularly in the Farmers Note Book. The simple and easily readable write up of agriculture articles really helped many farmers to read and understand the changes in agricultural system in a simple way.
Recently I have attended a farmers meeting at Villupuram organized by the Muthumalla Trust of Chennai, where in most farmers referred the article on Casuarina written by you in the Farmers Note Book. I also came to know that many farmers buy the Hindu only on Thursday for reading the Farmers Note Book.
It is also surprised to note that the farmers who do not speak and read English also get information from the educated farmers mainly to know what is written in the Farmer’s Note Book. It is very significant to indicate that the state of the art, various agro technologies have reached many farmers and made significant impacts through your writeup.
I do wish that your initiative to promote scientific and possible agriculture for augmenting rural livelihood will also be available to all levels of the farming community. I wish every success in all your future endeavors.
Associate Professor, Forestry, Dept of tree breeding,
email: ktparthi2001 @yahoo.com
Letter from a NGO
From: “Prakash H.R.” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2009 1:10 AM
Subject: News for farmers in Hindu
Dear Mr. Prabhu:
I am an ardent reader of Hindu since childhood anI am 62 years now. I read the section for farmers and on Agriculture. My work relates to the farmers. We work with farmers organising them and facilitating interventions to improve their productivity and quality of life. The vedeo format of news related to farming will be very useful to t farmers as seeing is beieving and easier to grasp. Please let be know if there is possibility of us being able get copies
of your vedeo recordings of the news periodically. If there is subscrption/cost to be paid we willing pay it.
Looking forward to your co-operation and positive response.
H.R.Prakash, ARTIC,Kotturu-532 455, Srikakulam district,Andhra Pradesh, India.
From: Bejoy Gurung
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2008 11:46 AM
We are familiar with your esteemed paper particularly the Science &
Technology section and Farmers note. The Knowledge provided about farming on the farmers
note page are relevent to the general farming of Himalayan terran and we would like to segregate some of the notes for the general information to the farmers of the Hill area provided your publication authority permit us to do so.
Mr. Bejoy Gurung
Director of Forest,
Govt. of Sikkim.
From Indian Institute of Spices Research, Kozhikode, Kerala
From: Parthasarathy Villupanoor
Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 2:00 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: Letter
All the statements I have been making about your column stand vindicated. You have changed the face of Agricultural Page with your Farmers note book column. Your recent writings about Bihar farmers show that, in otherwise a backward state, there are lot of enterprising farmers whos knowledge could be very useful. I am coming to grips with the fact, that popular writers in agriculture could also be as popular as sports writers. I am thankful to you for the fine job that Hindu in general and you , in particular, are doing for
the cause of agriculture.
Dr. V. Parthasarathy
Letter from Indian Institute of Sustainable Development, Andhra Pradesh
From: “Ramanjaneyulu” <email@example.com>
Cc: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; “Staffgroup” <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, March 13, 2009 3:23 PM
Subject: farmers’ diary of The Hindu – video and audiocast available now
dear prabhu thats an excellent initiative and would be very useful for the farmers and organisations working with farmers. some how we couldnt catch up with each other in the last two months. can u plan for the visit in the coming season during august month.
On 3/13/09, Kavitha Kuruganti <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Many of you are familiar with this column by M J Prabhu of the Hindu. This is probably the only english daily which has a section for farmers even though it is in english. I have heard that farmers do buy The Hindu when the> column appears and get others to read it out for them – the column has been featuring organic farming success stories continuously. This is a very
useful addition from them in the form of video shots of the farmers.
do log in and see….
From Indian Institute of Spices Research, Kozhikode, Kerala
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2009 2:06 PM
Subject: story published in Farmer’s Notebook – Mr. Jojo Jacob
Indian Institute of Spices Research, Calicut
No. PME/IISR/56(04)04 20th February 2009
Dear Shri. Prabhu,
Greetings from IISR, Calicut.
While thanking you for regularly publishing success stories on our Institute, I am glad to draw your attention to a story published in the Farmer’s Notebook of your esteemed News Paper on 14-06-2007 on Mr. Jojo Jacob, a young farmer and a beneficiary of our Krishi Vigyan Kendra, at Peruvannamuzhi. Since then, he is getting many visitors from various places within and outside the state, to get hands on experiences in his enterprises. Both the KVK and the farmer also receive several enquiries on phone regarding the success. He has become a member of the KVK Scientific Advisory Committee and became a popular model farmer and Master trainer in various enterprises.
Recently his achievement has won him the National award for his successful enterprises in agriculture and the award will be presented to him in the last week of February 2009 at IARI in New Delhi. It is worth to mention that the success story published in the Farmer’s Notebook of the Hindu Daily was also responsible for his getting the award.
I am thankful to you for the efforts you are taking for the cause of the farming community of the country by bringing these unsung heroes to limelight.
Thanking you once again,
V A Parthasarathy
From a reader who indentified himself as an NRI over phone
From: “Venkatesh Vadde” <email@example.com>
To: “MJP” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 3:32 PM
Subject: Re: mjp
Sir, brilliant! I think the Hindu is doing true service to the country, and it is doing what the Scientists are too bloated in their egos to do. Farming needs to be learned by experience– the farmer is the true scientist, not those paper-writing laboratory rats who have little field exposure and market pressures.We find the farmers notebook a great inspiration in these times of agricultural crises.
Letter from G. Nammalvar, Organic scientist
Dear Mr M J Prabu,
Green Greetings! I am pleased to write to you a few lines with regards to the farmers note book of THE HINDU.
I understand that the case studies published in the farmers note book has created enthusiasm among farmers throughout India. The motivated farmers immediately contact the concerned persons in search of details and further information. The simplicity of the language and apt usage of phrases and selection of rare messages motivate the farmers into action. Now a days more and more educated farmers get into farming and also they quickly communicate it to the farmers (who are not familiar with English) in the neighbour hood.
Inspired by your articles more and more farmers are adopting organic farming. I do believe that round about 40,000 to 50,000 farmers in India are getting converted from chemical farming into organic farming by following the practices published by you. As the farmers are following organic farming the application of chemical fertilizers and chemical pesticides have come down drastically. In general your contribution towards the transformation is appreciable and prize worthy.
I have to appreciate your commitment in promoting eco-friendly, sustainable agriculture, with which you travel nook and corner of this country and collect information related to promotion of sustainable agriculture.
Expecting your reply,
Dr G Nammalvar
And some more scanned copies from a cross section of readers