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Woman farmer develops 6 rice varieties


Nagpur: Asawari Poshattiwar, a girl farmer from Talodi village, has carved a niche for herself no longer just among farmers but in addition among scientists by way of developing six new sorts of rice prior to now 17 years by way of the use of ‘variety approach’. Another fifteen sorts are in the pipeline, including 3 to be launched in instant long run.
All these sorts are grown organically.

Asawari has support of her father in-law Annasaheb Poshattiwar who has given her 14 acres of land for experimentation and Sharad E Pawar, a former scientist at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), agriculturist genius Gulabrao Shende from Palasgaon and her husband Nilesh, who stood by way of her all through a majority of these years of laborious work.

Starting her work in 2002 with virtually no knowledge of medical approach for developing a variety, Asawari now flawlessly talks concerning the process to someone.

“I was advised by way of Pawar sir that no sorts being grown by way of farmers are natural. So, our circle of relatives determined to experiment and broaden natural sorts with higher yields, lesser duration and a few quantity of scent in them under his guidance. We take a look at five,000 plants of each selection in small plots and are developing sorts that vary from 125 to 135 to 145 days,” she advised NewsTread at the sidelines of the ongoing three-day Beejotsav at Mure Memorial Lawns.

The six sorts of rice developed to this point are Talodi 135, Parvati Chhinor5 (145-150 days), Parvati Sut 27 (125-130 days), Basmati 33-2D, Sai Bhog (135-140 days) and Talodi Red Rice. The Poshattiwars have transform a big title in the area in rice cultivation as their sorts are being grown broadly.

From the remaining six years, they've begun giving seeds to farmers for cultivation. They have dispensed four,807 quintals of Talodi Hira rice, Parvati Chinnor5-540 quintals and 70 quintals of Parvati Sut, the most efficient scented selection among all.

Of these, the Superfine selection to be launched in close to long run is anticipated to give a prime yield of 27 quintal according to acre. “This we got thru choice of Hira. We spotted that some of the rows of rice had uniform plant measurement, more tillers and more grains. So, we took up this selection as it fits the local weather and different cultivating conditions,” stated Asawari.

Pawar tells that Asawari has adopted the entire intricacies for scientifically developing a variety. She labored day and evening to grasp various processes concerned like selfing, variety and cross pollination.

The Red Rice selection was once introduced from Shillong and crossed with a neighborhood selection. Three different types of plants came from these, however best certainly one of this shall be taken ahead taking into consideration the selling constraints. Every 3 years, selfing is had to maintain purity of the variability.

“Sai Bhog selection was once developed by way of the use of irradiation (250gray) from a West Bengal selection known as Govind Bhog. Radiation use lowered the height of the plant, combating the usual fall of plants in the fields. The new selection is simply 110cm as compared to unique West Bengal number of 180cm. The yield is way higher and the rice has very good scent,” stated Pawar.

Asawari has given her emblem title ‘Life is sweet with natural rice’. She has bagged the celebrity innovator award from Ready2Innovate and a MSME award for her work.

Unhealthy farming causing illnesses

Beejotsav had organized an all-women panel dialogue on affect of impure food on females and infants and issues of lady farmers and woman labourers.


Yogini Dolke, Ashwini Aurangabadkar, Kirti Mangrulkar and Shobha Gaidhane had been the panellists. They pointed out unhealthy agriculture was once resulting in illnesses, particularly an increase in infertility, eye illnesses, kidney screw ups and increase in caesarean segment deliveries.


But then again, natural farming was once converting this development. A panellist gave her own example of shifting from less haemoglobin to 14 haemoglobin thru natural cultivation and consumption. They pointed out that putting off seasonal greens and end result had had a telling impact on everyone’s well being.


Sanjay Patil from BAIL narrated the tale of Dadaji Ramaji Khobragade who developed the HMT number of rice all by way of himself. He died in June remaining yr.




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