A city-based farmer has won a coveted national award in recognition of his efforts to promote organic farming with less-known techniques.

Sixty-year-old R. Raveendran of Kochulloor is one of the five farmers who have been selected for the prestigious IARI Fellow Farmer Award 2017, instituted by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) that functions under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. He was presented the award by Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Parsottam Rupala at the Krishi Unnathi Mela-2017 held in New Delhi a week ago.

An automobile engineer by qualification, Mr. Raveendran has been selected for the award for his unparalleled achievement in farming in which he has developed a model in terrace gardening with paddy, vegetables and fruit crops.