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Dalit Farmer Awarded Karmaveer Chakra

Vijayawada: Narayanappa, a marginal Dalit farmer hailing from Mallapuram village in Anantapur district, has been awarded the Karmaveer Chakra Award (bronze) and granted the REX Karmaveer Global Fellowship for developing ‘Any Time Money Model’ that ensures year-long income for small farmers through natural farming.

Naryanappa is one of the 0.85 million farmers in Andhra Pradesh who are transitioning to natural farming under the Andhra Pradesh community managed natural farming programme (APCNF) implemented by agriculture department. He has a two-acre plot in Mallapuram. He used chemical inputs to cultivate groundnut on his land which yielded up to seven bags of produce per year.In 2016,

Narayanappa switched to eco-friendly and zero budget natural farming. “We often struggled to have even one meal a day. Now, we have minimised the expenditure on farming by focusing on improving the soil quality. The production gradually boosted and we have also learnt to handle pests in an effective manner,” he said.
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