• President Droupadi Murmu had awarded Padma Shri to Nek Ram Sharma, a farmer of Nanj village in Karsog subdivision of Mandi district, in Delhi.
  • He has been conferred the award for reviving the traditional crop system of nine foodgrains.
  • Sharma started an Angora farm in 1990, which continued till 1995.
  • He then switched to organic farming to revive the traditional crop system of nine foodgrains.
  • By 2000, he made good progress and developed finger millet, foxtail millet, barn yard, proso millet, kodo millet, buck beat, sorghum and pearl millet.
    • These traditional foodgrains were on the verge of extinction.
  • These nine foodgrains are known as Nau Anaj, which is a natural inter-cropping method in which these are grown on the same piece of land without using any chemical, cutting down water usage by 50 per cent and raising land fertility.
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