Name : L. Ramaiah & R. Murugan
District & State : Theni, Tamil Nadu
Category : Plant varieties
Award : National
Award Function : 7th National Grassroots Innovation Awards
Award Year : 2013
Ramiah (70) has developed an improved drought tolerant and high yielding cardamom variety with exceptionally green and bold capsules. His son Murugan has been propagating the same. Ramaih has eleven acres of plantation estate near his place, which is a hamlet in Megamalai hills of Western Ghats. The place is an ideal location for cardamom cultivation with elevation ranging between 750 – 1200 meters above mean sea level. Most of the inhabitants are marginal cardamom and coffee farmers. The Malabar variety of cardamom is predominantly cultivated in this area. Ramiah, who has studied upto class fifth, belongs to a scheduled caste. He developed the improved cardamom variety with the help of his son Murugan, who maintains the estate now.