Bhagwat Ahirwar

Bhagwat Ahirwar

Placed at:   Mandla, Madhya Pradesh

Education: B Tech (Dairy Technology) from Maharashtra Animal & Fishery Science University and Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management (Development Management) from Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal.

Prior work experience:

  • Worked with AMUL (Valsad District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Limited) for almost two years as an Officer.

One key work during fellowship
Issue:

  • Assamkoti and Chhindikapur are the two varieties of paddy traditionally grown by farmers in Mandla. These varieties have its unique fragrances. Both varieties were on the verse of extinction, as farmers are now more inclined to grow high yielding varieties. These varieties are cultivated mainly in the tribal areas around Kanha National Park using traditional/organic methods of cultivation.

What was done:

  • Coordinated efforts are carried out through a Producer Company (Kanha Krishi Vanopaj Utpadak Company Ltd) to preserve, enhance production, aggregation, processing and packaging of these naturally scented paddy varieties.
  •  Promoted System of Rice Intensification (SRI) to augment production in the identified villages.
  •  Marketing of the rice under ‘Kanha Rice’ brand by using premium packaging.
  •  Convergence with IAP/ACA for financial assistance and Coordination with NRLM & Agriculture department to support backward and forward linkages.

Impact:

  • 6 quintals seed of Chhindikapur purchased by farmers for cultivation of Paddy through System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in 19 villages.
  • Total amount of paddy procured from farmers is 153 quintals.
  • Rates offered by Producer Company to farmers: Chhindikapur (Rs.2200/quintal) and Assamkoti (Rs 2500/quintal).
  •  Kanha Rice is marketing in 1 kg, 5 kg and 25 kg of packaging. Kanha Millet (Kutki) will be available in 1 & 2 kg packaging.
  • Planned for marketing of Kanha Millet (Kutki) under ‘Kanha’ Brand.
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