Meet a 102 years old R.Pappammal an organic farmer from Thekkampatti Village near Coimbatore who won Padma Shri in the field of agriculture for popularizing organic farming. She has given numerous interviews ever since she won the Padma Shri award. Pappammal comes from a generation of farmers who believe in hard work themselves. She works non-stop at this age with her full heart.
Pappammal is from a family of agriculturists who own a 2.5 acre farm in her village, who had previously grown lentils, such as horse gram and green gram. Now, she mostly grows bananas. She had also worked closely with Tamil Nadu Agriculturalists University. She would travel all alone to meet farmer’s and implement all that she learned.
She started learning about organic farming when she visited a meeting. Her method soon got popular after she learned that chemicals that we used on our crops are harmful to the soil. Many universities send their students on field to learn from her as part of a “ village stay programme”. Pappammal also got invitations from many universities to visit farms they recommended. She would travel alone all her way to visit the farm. She travelled several cities for farmers to meet them and also shared what she knew with them.
Pappammal is probably the only woman farmer and soon this great grandmother became a local celebrity who is fearless and dedicated towards his work and passion.