29th April 2014, Kolkata
Shri Sumanta Misra, a progressive farmer from Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal has made it to the Limca Book of Records 2014. Through innovative methods, he has been able to grow crop plants to record setting heights. He is also the recipient of Plant Genome Saviour Reward, 2013; Recognition for the unique research work by FAO, Rome 2012; Recognitions by Government of West Bengal and Government of Gujarat. He is actively associated with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Jalpaiguri.
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR; Dr. A.K. Sikka, Deputy Director General (NRM/Agricultural Extension); and Dr. A.K. Singh, Zonal Project Director, Zonal Project Directorate, Zone II, Kolkata congratulated Shri Misra for making it to Limca Book of Records.
Shri Misra works as Krishi Prajukti Sahayak at Jalpaiguri and he is a plant breeder by hobby. He grows plants on land and then trellis on rooftop. In case of fruit crops, (Mango, Citrus, and Guava) trellis are normally not used. However, Misra adopted trellis for better canopy development. He claims better yield of guava, mango etc. through this method of cultivation.
Shri Misra also wishes to share his knowledge and germplasm to public authorities so that other farmers can be benefitted from it.
(Source: ZPD, Zone-II, Kolkata)