On Monday, Trinity Saioo, a turmeric farmer from Meghalaya, made the country proud by inactivating lakadong Tumeric farming methods, while Nanandro B Marak, a pepper farmer from Meghalaya, received accolades on Tuesday when President Ram Nath Kovind presented both of them with the prestigious Padma Shri at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Nanandro was featured in the list of awardees for 2021, while Trinity earned the award for 2020
The 60-year-old pepper farmer belongs from the Jasingre neighborhood of Gondagre village, which is part of the Tikrikilla C&RD Block in the West Garo Hills. Nanandro was awarded the Padma Shri for his efforts to improve the state’s agriculture through organic black pepper planting.
In 1986, his brother-in-law introduced him to pepper growing when a physician from outside the town brought 2-3 saplings of the black pepper spice to the village and spoke highly of it.
His unusual strategy includes producing pepper alongside an areca nut plantation, which has increased his farm’s pepper output. North-Eastern Hill University Tura also honored him for his achievements in the field and for making the state proud of him.
“Shri Nanandro B Marak, an organic black pepper farmer from Meghalaya’s WestGaroHills District, has been awarded the coveted #PadmaShri for his contributions to agriculture in the state.” To him, many congrats!” In a tweet, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma stated.
At the International Pepper Conference in Vietnam in 2018, Marak received an international award for his innovative approach to pepper cultivation.