Pakyong, 26 Jan: “Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.” This quote perfectly describes one of the organic farming maestro belonging from Sikkim Assam Lingzey in the Pakyong District. He has proved that age is just a number and if we really want to achieve something, Persistence is the key to do so. Farming and Agriculture are the backbones of our society.
The Padma Shree in agriculture is awarded to Shri Tularam Upreti, a 98-year-old self-sufficient small farmer from Assam Lingzey in the Pakyong District who practices organic farming.
The Padma Shree is India’s fourth-highest civilian honor, behind the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, and Padma Bhushan. Awarded for “distinguished achievement in different realms of life, including the arts, education, industry, literature, research, acting, medicine, social service, and public affairs,” the award was established on January 2, 1954. Every year on India’s Republic Day, the Indian government presents it to the recipient.Organic farming is a type of agriculture that relies on biological fertilizers made primarily from plant and animal wastes. Modern organic farming has many ecological advantages and was created in reaction to the harm that synthetic fertilizers and chemical pesticides in conventional agriculture were causing to the environment.
Since he was a little child, Shri Upreti has only ever engaged in conventional farming. Before the government of Sikkim established the Sikkim Organic Mission, he had been engaged in organic farming for six decades.