Name : Wahengbam Kesho Singh
District & State : Bishenpur, Manipur
Category : Engineering
Award : Consolation
Award Function : 9th National Grassroots Innovation Awards
Award Year : 2017
Farmer Wahengbam Kesho Singh (68) has developed a high yielding paddy variety through selection method.
The eldest among eight siblings Kesho Singh did not have much interest in studies. The family’s financial condition also required more earning hands hence he discontinued studies after class ten. As a child, carving toys from bamboo and wood was his favorite past time. As a student playing games like Kangjei (traditional form of Hockey made from bamboo) and Yubi lakpi (traditional form of Rugby using greased unpeeled coconut) were his passions.
Many years back, he undertook work contracts but due to irregular payments, he settled down to become an agriculturist. Kisho Singh and his son are the main bread earners of the family. He lives with his wife and son’s family. His daughter is married and settled elsewhere. Kesho’s wife gives full support in his work. He believes that advancement in science and technology has rsulted in improvement in agriculture, which has in turn resulted in more income for the farmers. In addition to paddy, he cultivates bottle gourd, pumpkin, tomato, bean, french bean, potato, cucumber, maize, carrot and onion and runs a fish farm in his own 3/4th hectare land.