Born on 14th
October, 1934 in a farming community under rural background, Prafulla
Chandra has grown step by step in experimenting, introducing and
developing many simple and useful technologies for not only
precious energy but also recycling of organic waste
preserving the natural eco-system, besides, sustaining fertility and
productivity of soil.
Mr. Prafullachandra has achieved several milestones in the field of
agriculture spanning over 40 years. He has secured
8 National awards
competitions in paddy and sugarcane crops, achieving highest
productivity of 16.1 and 447.1 tons/hect., respectively. He has served
as member of Board of Regents, UAS, Bangalore, Senate and Syndicate
member, Kuvempu university, Shivamogga and member, Coconut Development
Board, Cochin. Mr. Prafulla chandra has secured
world food day
medal from F.A.O in 1988.
Considering his outstanding contributions in the field of agriculture,
UAS, Dharwad has awarded the honorary Doctorate to Mr. Prafulla
Chandra in 1995.
contributions of Mr.Prafulla Chandra are
cultivation of ratoon sugarcane crop for the past 30 years through
zero cultivation and recycling of the sugarcane trash and using of
organic sources for irrigation through slurry bleeding, which is a
world record in sugarcane ratoon production.
Areca nut processing unit consisting a new type of rectangular
vessel consuming very less heat. This simple efficient, economic and
eco-friendly method of boiling and drying of areca nut has heralded
a new chapter in the conservation of fuel energy and forest wealth
by utilisating the agricultural waste as an alternative source of
useful agricultural implements, several small agricultural
implements like dumper, scrap collector, movable ladder, coconut
leaf cutter, model bullock cart, desilter and a device for laying of
PVC pipes. All these implements are most efficient and were
developed by using local scrap material, hence these are economic
and useful to farmer in saving time and working efficiently.
systems - Several multistoried inter-cropping systems like
arecanut+cocoa, coconut+legumes, arecanut+banana,
arecanut+banana+beetle wine are economically productive at the same
time does not compete either for solar energy or for soil nutrients.
contributions have helped their farming community to a greatest extent
as could be seen, thousands of farmers throng his farm for getting
acquainted with these technologies and at the same time adopt in their
fields. The contributions of Dr.Prafulla Chandra have been recognised
by the state government, central government and the F.A.O.
Contribution in the field of Agriculture and Horticulture
Multistoried Cropping and Intercropping systems
and Effective Irrigational practice
water management technique
- Invention of
Energy saving areca processing technique
- Recycling of
useful agricultural implements to save energy, Time, Labour and
- Judicial and
Optimum utility of land for productive purposes
practices of utilising agricultural wastes as rich organic manure
and alternative source of energy
agro forestry, silvi Horticulture alongwith horticultural crops
- Adoption of
improved methods in post-harvest technology
awareness building and extension activities to farming community.