India Biodiversity Award 2021

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India Biodiversity Award 2021

Recently, a farmer from Kerala named Shaji. N.M. has been awarded the India Biodiversity Award 2021 for ‘Conservation of domesticated species’. This award has been conferred on Shaji. N.M. in the individual category of Environmental Biodiversity Award.

Shaji .N.M.

  • Shaji, who conserves a wide array of around 200 tuber crops including greater yam, lesser yam, elephant foot yam, arrowroot, colocasia, sweet potato, cassava, and Chinese potato in his farm has received State awards seven times for his efforts. He has also received the Plant Genome Savior Reward 2015, instituted by PPV&FR Authority, New Delhi.

India Biodiversity Award

  • In 2012, through the partnership with UNDP India, the Government of India started awarding India Biodiversity Awards to identify and honor outstanding models of biodiversity conservation, sustainable use, and governance at the grassroots level. Under this, a citation with a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh is given.

Source – Indian Express

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