Premchand is truly the hero of the mountain.



Premchand Sharma, a noted progressive farmer across the country in the field of farming and horticulture, is truly a hero of the mountain. He has been awarded all the awards at the state and national level for his outstanding contribution and achievements in this field, apart from awakening the scientific method of cultivation and horticulture in the inaccessible areas of Jaunsar-Bawar tribal region. Now everyone is very happy to receive the Padma Shri.

Premchand Sharma was born in 1957 in a peasant family in the frontier village of Attal in Chakrata block of Jaunsar-Bawar, a tribal dominated area in Dehradun district. Premchand, who received education only till the fifth grade, had inherited farming. That father himself was in his childhood. Jhanu Ram joined farming with Sharma and started learning farming skills in his farm-barn school. After the death of his father, the entire burden of farming came on his shoulders.

Seeing that there was no cost advantage in traditional farming, he decided to try new experiments. He started it in 1994 with organic farming of pomegranate. If this experiment was successful, he also inspired other farmers of the area for this. In the same sequence, in the year 2000, he developed nursery of one and a half lakh plants of improved variety of pomegranate. He distributed this plant to about three and a half hundred farmers in Jaunsar-Bawar and neighboring Himachal Pradesh. He went to Himachal’s Kullu, Jalgaon as well as Maharashtra and Karnataka to learn the tricks of pomegranate farming.

In the year 2013, Premchand formed a fruit and vegetable growers’ committee, collecting about 200 farmers belonging to the Sainj-Taranu and Attal Panchayats of Devghar Khat. Along with this, he played an important role in the development of agriculture and horticulture in the region by starting an agricultural service center at the village level. Premchand, who has been associated with farming and gardening for nearly three decades, inspired farmers in Jaunsar-Bawar to increase production of cash crops to increase income. With his initiative, hundreds of farmers of the border area started producing cash crops and started improving their economy. Along with this, he showed the way of organic farming to the farmers of the area. Premchand was the deputy head of the Sainz-Atal Gram Panchayat from the year 1984 to 1989 and the head from 1989 to 1998.

Progressive farmer Premchand Sharma has received these awards:
Kisan Bhushan on behalf of the Government of Uttarakhand in the year 2012, Kisan Samman on behalf of Indian Association of Soil and Water Conservation in year 2014, Kisan Samman on behalf of Indian Agricultural Research, Krishak Samrat Samman in year 2015, Special from Indian Veterinary Research Institute Achievement Award, Progressive Agriculture Award from Govind Vallabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar in the year 2015, Uttarakhand Bismet Nayak Award from Swadeshi Jagran Manch in the year 2016, Jagjivan Ram Kisan Puraskar and Social Institution from Indian Council of Agricultural Research in the year 2018 Jasoda Navani Award from Dhad.

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