Name : Kashinath N. Lokhande
District & State : Betul, Madhya Pradesh
Category : Agricultural (General)
Award : National
Award Function : 9th National Grassroots Innovation Awards
Award Year : 2017
An agriculturist, Kashinath (59), has developed an improved bi-seasonal variety of Soybean, which has high yield and uniform pod size. The variety is tolerant to Yellow Mosaic Disease.
Kashinath owns five acres of land where he cultivates soybean, wheat, gram and orange as major crops. Agriculture is the major source of livelihood for his family, with a major contribution coming from the sale of oranges. Though he has studied only up to class ten but has been motivating his two daughters and son to complete their studies properly. With active support of his wife in agricultural activities, he has been able to undertake all tasks properly. Presently, he is working on the development of an improved variety of soybean.
He is a well-known farmer in the region for soybean variety development. He developed interest in farming due to his elder brother, whom he considers as his role model. Prior to being a farmer, he was a truck driver. His family supports him in his all research work, his nephew now actively works with him.