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Rajaram Tripathi
 

India Today | March 20, 2013
Its extra ordinary work.

Herbal Hero

Maa Danteshwari Herbal Products,

Kondagaon, Chhattisgarh

Rajaram Tripathi 49

From banking to farming

Rajaram Tripathi has created a niche through organic herbal farming in over 1,000 acres land in his home district Kondagaon in Chhattisgarh. He quit his job as a bank officer in 2001 to take up farming. Tripathi received the prestigious Earth Hero Award 2012, instituted by Royal Bank of Scotland for biological diversity.

Organic benefits

Tripathi felt the prime reason why farmers had mounting debts was because of wasteful expenditure on pesticides and fertilisers. His group uses organic fertilisers made of farm waste, including leaves and cow dung. His farms also use bio-waste generated power. The group, comprising 200 tribal families, markets its produce with the help of Central Herbal Agro Marketing Federation of India. They have set up a herbal food supplement production unit and have an annual turnover of Rs.20 crore.

"I realised farming could be beneficial if expensive chemical pesticide, fertilisers and seeds were done away with."

PHOTO: Pankaj Tiwari | India Today



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