My dream will come true once people start eating non-toxic food – Rahibai Popere – Punekar News

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Pune, 12 March 2022: I am appreciated for growing native seed varieties but I want my work to reach every home. Everyone should have non-toxic foods and vegetables on their plate. My dream will come true once people start eating non-toxic food,” Rahibai Popere.

Awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India, Rahibai also known as ‘Beej Mata or Seed Mother’ was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Dr. Pramod Chaudhari, the Ethanol Man of India and founder of Praj Industries at a ceremony organized by the United Western Business Forum for small and medium entrepreneurs at the Oritel Hotel in Hinjewadi on Friday.

Dr. S. M Pathan, Former Vice Chancellor of Nagpur University, Vishal Sakhare, Hinjewadi Village Sarpanch and Forum members including Navnath Gaikwad, Mukesh Farande, Milind Mahajan, Rutuja Kapdekar, Yogita Tarar, Harish Chauhan and Amol Iwarkar were present on the occasion.

The women members of the forum congratulated Rahibai with a sari. The event was co-sponsored by Silver Line Electricals, Crown Concept Creative Brands and Shrikrishna Environment Consultant Pvt. ltd.

Rahibai said, “Native seeds and chemical-free agriculture are good for our health. Organic production is not the only way to obtain products as citizens can also grow vegetables at home, on the terrace or on the school grounds. Every field should have a vegetable garden and every child’s box should have fresh vegetables. More than 3,000 women from nearby small villages have been involved in this initiative and farmers are engaged in farming in ten villages. About 300 seed varieties have been produced through this initiative.

Dr Pramod Chaudhari said: “The issue of hybrids and organic matter has become a controversial topic around the world. Hybrid farming can produce high yields, but it can have adverse health effects. We need to raise awareness about organic production and for that, organizations will need to come forward and take Rahibai’s work forward. ”

Dr Pathan said: “Today the work for the livelihood of the poor is done by Rahibai, who has set up a ‘seed bank’. We want to take this work forward. The government of India has set up a “gene bank” to ensure that native seeds of different species survive longer and that more research can be done on them.

Vishal Sakhare said, “If you want a healthy and fit body, there is no substitute for organic products. Chemical farming has adverse health effects and Rahibai knew this, so she started traditional organic farming. Today, she cultivates more than 150 varieties of seeds.

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