Sugandhasree Innovative Farmer Award

The Indian Society for Spices, Kozhikode, has been honouring outstanding farmer with a “Sugandhasree Innovative Farmer Award” who has been involved himself/herself for at least 10 years in spices cultivation. It is given biennially and consists of a citation and award money.

The award will be for the creative approach – Innovative farming, technological acceptance, contribution in enhanced productivity, farming attributes shown by a farmer. This may involve activities like farmers innovation in resource conservation and enhancement, genetic resources conservation or Management Practices, Soil and Water Management/Conservation, Development of Appropriate Tools and Equipment, processing of spices produce & marketing.

Sugandhasree Innovative Farmer Award - 2015

Shri. Mathew Sebastian

Shri. Mathew Sebastian is a progressive and innovative farmer from Karuvarakkundu, Malappuram District of Kerala, who developed the first nutmeg variety IISR-Keralashree through farmers participatory breeding in collaboration with ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research, Kozhikode. He developed a modified training method for cultivation of nutmeg grafts. He is actively involved in production of planting materials of IISR-Keralashree and in organizing training programmes on production technology of nutmeg.


Shri. S.R. Sundararaman

Shri. S.R. Sundararaman, a progressive farmer from Sathyamangalam, Erode District of Tamil Nadu, who adopted innovative organic farming systems. He practises self reliant agriculture and brought out radical changes in management packages which are safe to the environment. He has standardized sustainable organic production system for turmeric and also involved in dissemination of his success in farming to fellow farmers in India and abroad.

Sugandhasree Innovative Farmer Award - 2013

Shri. K. R. Keshava, from Kenjige Village, Mudigere, Chikmagalur District, Karnataka established a black pepper–coffee plantation and achieved very high productivity levels. He practices integrated nutrient and pest management schedules and has also adopted technologies for irrigation, shade regulation, and vermicomposting. He is involved in dissemination of his success to fellow coffee and black pepper growers by imparting training to youth and also organizing meetings with scientists and extension officers.