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Mahindra & Mahindra Farm Equipment sector has a Vision of delivering ‘Farm Tech Prosperity’. In order to do this, Mahindra has transformed its tractor Sales and Service Dealerships into Mahindra Samriddhi Centres. These Centres offer a wide variety of services to the Indian farmer (Soil testing, Agri Counselling, Result & Method Demonstrations, Agri Clinics etc) They also tie up with local Agri experts, KVKs (Krishi Vigyan Kendras) and Agri Universities, in order to bring information, advice and ultimately prosperity to the farmers.

Under the aegis of Mahindra Samriddhi, Mahindra and Mahindra is launching the ‘Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards 2014’

The idea of instituting these awards is to recognise purposeful contributions made by individuals and institutions, in the field of agriculture that enhanced farm productivity and  drive prosperity.

There are seven categories for the awards. Only six are open for nominations from the general public (From April 2012-October 13). They are:

  • Krishi Samrat Samman (Indian Farmer of the year - male) 2014
  • Krishi Prerna Samman (Indian Farmer of the year - female) 2014
  • Krishi Yuva Samman (Indian Farmer of the year – youth) 2014
  • Krishi Sansthan Samman (Public Sector Organisation of the year) 2014
  • Krishi Shiksha Samman (Agricultural University of the year) 2014
  • Krishi Sahyog Samman (NGO/SHG of the year) 2014

 

These awards will be judged by an illustrious jury of significant personalities in the field of Agriculture in India. It will be televised nationally in association with Zee News, Mahindra’s Media partner in the awards.

Likely Questions and Answers

What is Mahindra Samriddhi?
In 2008, Mahindra transformed its first dealership to a Samriddhi Centre. It is a unique initiative in the industry in that it provides complete agri solutions to the farmer, by going beyond tractors to deliver agri services. These services include soil and irrigation water testing, productivity demo farms, Agri counselling, seeds and crop care products and many other facilities for the farmers to use. As of today, there are 140 Samriddhi centres across India.

What is the objective of the Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards?
The Mahindra Samriddhi Agri Awards 2012 is a platform that will recognise purposeful contributions in the field of farming by conferring Certificates and Cash Awards for meaningful work done in the field of farming. It is co-presented with the Zee News network and the Awards Ceremony will be broadcast nationally. The dates during which nominations are accepted are 10th November 2011 to 10th December 2011.

 

 

 

How can I participate?/ nominate myself/ nominate someone?

Farmer
You may go to your nearest Mahindra tractor dealer or Samriddhi Centre. With them are the nomination forms for the India Agri Awards. You can fill up the nomination form as per the instructions, attach a photograph and drop the filled form at the drop box at the same location. There will be persons there to assist you in filling the form.

University/KVK/PSO/NGO/SHG
You will be receiving an official letter of communication in which the form will be attached.

Nominations for a Public Sector Organisation is to be sent to the Deputy Director General, Extension, ICAR, New Delhi

Nominations for a KVK must be sent to the Director of Extension (DoE) of the parent institution (Agricultural University it falls under)

Nomination forms for an NGO can be downloaded online.

If you do not receive such an intimation, you can visit our website at www.zeenews.com/mahindrasamriddhi/agriawards and download the form from there. After this you may submit it online.

What is the award/prize/prize money for winning?
There are two types of awards. If you win the National level award you get a citation for the work that you have done and a cash prize of Rs 2,11,000. If you win the Regional or the Runner Up Award, you get a certificate for the work that you have done and a cash prize of Rs 51,000

What are the Categories?

The Categories are

  1. Krishi Samrat Samman (Indian Farmer of the year - male)

            Which has three sub categories

      1. Less than 5 acres
      2. 5-20 acres
      3. Above 20 Acres
  1. Krishi Prerna Samman (Indian Farmer of the year - female)
  2. Krishi Yuva Samman (Indian Farmer of the year – youth) –(between the age of 18-30 years as on 31/10/2011
  3. Krishi Sansthan Samman (Public Sector Organisation of the year)
  4. Krishi Shiksha Samman (Agricultural University of the year)
  5. Krishi Sahyog Samman (NGO/SHG of the year)

By when do we have to submit the nomination form?
The last date of nominations is December 10th 2011. Nominations start from Novemeber 10th 2011

What are the documents that I need to attach?
No documents are required to be attached, only a photograph of the farmer is needed. In case the farmer is shortlisted for the screening phase, identity proof, age proof and land holding documents will be asked for.
In case of Non-farmer categories, two, single page case studies are to be attached.

What is the process of Judging these awards?
There will be a sub jury panel who will pick the best nominations among the nominations received. These farmers or institutes will be investigated and the data that they have been given checked. If any data is incorrect or misrepresented, the nomination will be disqualified. The selected nominations will then be given to a panel of illustrious judges who will then select the winners and runner’s up on the basis of the criteria provided to them.

 What are the criteria for   (Award Category)?

Krishi Prerna Samman (Farmer of the Year -Lady) 2012 1) Measurable Productivity Enhancement 2) Use of Innovative Farming Technology 3) Sustainability 4) Scalability
  Award   Criteria
Krishak Samrat Samman (Farmer of the Year - Male) 2012 1) Measurable Productivity Enhancement
2) Use of Innovative Farming Technology
3) Sustainability
4) Scalability
Krishi Prerna Samman (Farmer of the Year -Lady) 2012 1) Measurable Productivity Enhancement
2) Use of Innovative Farming Technology
3) Sustainability
4) Scalability

Krishi Yuva Samman (Farmer of the Year -Youth) 2012

1) Measurable Productivity Enhancement
2) Formulation of Innovative Farming Technology/Policy
3) Sustainability
4) Scalability
Krishi Shiksha Samman (Agricultural University of the Year) Measurable impact of innovative Farming Technology
a) Increase in Yield and Price Realisation
b) Reduction in cost of cultivation
c) Sustainability
d) Scalability
Krishi Sahyog Samman (NGO/SHG of the year 2012) Measurable impact of community development
a) Reduction in cost of cultivation
b) Sustainability
c) Scalability

Who can apply for Krishi Samrat Samman (Farmer of the year Male)?
Any male farmer, above 30 years of age, as of 31/10/2011, and an Indian citizen who is alive today and who has land in his name can apply in one of the three categories can apply for Krishi Samrat Samman.

 

What are the three categories for Krishi Samrat Samman (Farmer of the year Male)?

The award is divided by region and by land holding size. The land holding size is less than 5 acres, 6 to 20 acres and more than 20 acres. The regional awards are given Northern Region, Southern Region and Eastern Region and Western Region

 

Which region does ______ state fall in?

  Region   States
North Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh
East West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura

West

Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Rajasthan,
South Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala

Can I apply for Krishi Samrat Samman if I do not have land in my name?
No. Owning the land in your name in mandatory to apply to Krishi Samrat Samman.

Can I apply for Krishi Samrat Samman if my land is mortgaged?
Yes, it does not matter that the land is mortgaged, as long as it is in your name.

Can I apply for Krishi Samrat Samman if the land is in my father’s/mother’s/wife’s/son’s/daughter’s name?
No but your father/son can apply for Krishi Samrat Samman or Krishi Prerna Samman or Krishi Yuva Samman instead

Can a woman apply for Krishi Samrat Samman (Farmer of the year Male)?
No, there is a separate category for women, which is Krishi Prerna Sammman

Who can apply for Krishi Prerna Samman (Farmer of the year, Lady)?
A lady, above 30 years of age, as of 31/10/2011, and is an Indian citizen who is alive today and has made a change in the domain of agriculture can apply for this award.

Does she have to hold land in her name?
No, she does not have to hold land in her name.

 

Who can apply for Krishi Yuva Samman (Farmer of the year, Youth)?
Any person, male or female, who has completed 18 years of age and is below 30 years of age, as of 31/10/2011, and is an Indian citzen who is alive today and has made a change in the domain of agriculture can apply for this award.

Does he/she have to hold land in her name?
No, he/she does not have to hold land in her name.

Can I apply if I do not have an email/telephone number/mobile number?
Yes, of course you can apply. Just leave that area blank

Can I apply if I do not own a tractor?
Yes, certainly you can apply.

Will not owning a Mahindra tractor effect my chances in applying?
No, it does not matter which brand of tractor you have. This is not one of the criteria by which we are judging

What is meant by new practice?
By new practice, we mean any new activity that you have undertaken within the selected period that has lead to an increase in yield per acre, a decrease in cost of cultivation per acre, or a decrease in time spent per acre over the previous year.

I do not know how many farmers have followed my new practice. What should I do?
Do not worry; give your best guess on how many farmers have followed your new practice.

I do not know the average yield of my village. What should I do?
Do not worry; give your best guess of the average yield in your village.

Which crop should I select?
Please select the crop in which your new practice has had a greater impact. This means the crop in which the practice has led to a greater yield per acre, or a lesser cost in cultivation per acre.

Which two years should I select?
Select the year in which you first started the new practice and the year before that. You are permitted to select years as far back as 2009.

What photocopies should be attached?
Unlike last year, you don’t have to attach any additional documents. However, you can attach photographs of certificates that you have received as a result of the new practice that you have implemented.

What is meant by the criteria ‘Measurable Productivity Enhancement’?
This is our way of measuring how much your farm produce has increased from last year. There is a table in the nomination form, which if you fill, will give us information about this data.

 

 

What is meant by the criteria ‘Use of Innovative Farming’?
We wish to give the award to farmers who have done something new to increase the productivity or quality of their farms. The award will be given to those farmers who have used some new technology, or utilised some new practice in order to better their farm.

What is meant by the criteria Sustainability?
We wish to judge good ideas and innovative technologies in farms by how long they will last. If it is an idea that can be used again and again, then more priority will be given to that nomination.

What is meant by the criteria Scalability?
If an idea that works in a small land size, can also be used in a large land size, then more priority will be given to that idea.

When will I come to know whether my nomination has been selected?
By the month of February the nominations will be selected. If you are selected we will contact you then.

Who are the judges who will give out the award?
We cannot disclose the names of the judges now.

Who will be giving the award?
Sorry, We are unable to disclose that at this time

Can I fill a nomination form on behalf of someone else?
Yes, you can fill a nomination form  for someone else. However they will have to put their photograph and photocopies, as well their signature or thumbprint.

I cannot write. What should I do?
You do not have to worry. A friend can fill the form for you, and you only have to put your thumbprint over the place where it says signature. Otherwise you can take the form to your nearest Samriddhi Centre or Mahindra Dealership and someone there will help you to fill the form.

I do not have proof of age/proof of identification/ proof of landholding, can I still apply?
No, although we are not asking for the documents at this stage, we will need them later. If you do not have any one of these documents you are not eligible to apply

If I win, how will I go to Delhi?
Mahindra Farm Equipment sector will inform you if you are among the winners. They will provide the tickets to travel to Delhi and pay the hotel and food expenses during your stay in Delhi. They will also provide you with Travel back from Delhi to your home.

Where will the Awards ceremony be held?
It is proposed to be held in Delhi. If the venue changes for any reason we will let the winners know.

I am filling a nomination for a Non-Farming category (NGO/SHG/KVK/PSO). I have a doubt. What should I do?

Please contact Neeman Akash 9821294276 or Mathi Nathan Gandhi 09987030032 for greater clarity

 

 
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