Name : Vallabhhai Vasrambhai Marvaniya
District & State : Junagadh, Gujarat
Category : Agricultural (General)
Award : National
Award Function : 9th National Grassroots Innovation Awards
Award Year : 2017
Vallabhhai (92) developed carrot variety “Madhuvan Gajar” from a local variety through selection method. The variety is high yielding, has highest carotene content, and deep red color, long size and longer shelf life.
Farming has been the occupation of Vallabhhai for over seven decades. He has 1.6 ha irrigated land and cultivates carrot in an area of about 1.28 ha every year. His two sons help him in farming as well as carrot seed production and marketing. His whole family including his grandchildren helps in various activities of carrot farming and marketing.