August 6, 2017 by

As soon we received the news that Shri Subhash Palekar is Padma Award Winner this year in farming, it was joys feeling that farming sector and that too Natural Farming method has been recognized by government.

Shri Subhash Palekar who is instrumental in propagating the Natural Farming cultivation Practices. This made me curious to find out how many awards has been conferred in farming sector where we say Agriculture is the backbone of the nation.

To my surprise ONLY 6 Padma is awarded to Agriculture sector in seven years (reference)


It is good the Art sector has bagged 145 of 580 of the total Padma Awards conferred during 2010 to 2016, but this 25% reconition shadows the other sectors indicates the unreasonable representation.

Here are others who received the Padma awards during last 7 years

2011 Mahesh Haribhai Mehta Science and Engineering-Agricultural Science

2011 E. A. Siddiq Science and Engineering-Agricultural Science

2012 Krishna Lal Chadha Science and Engineering - Agriculture

2012 Vijaypal Singh Science and Engineering - Agricultural Research

2012 T. Venkatapathi Reddiar Others-Horticulture

We should learn from the data where our priorities should be, farmers are in distress majorly due to the unprofitable farm economics, more recognition in agri sector will encourge more leaders motivated to bring another much required revolution to improve farming economics.

Author: Subhash Lode