Syed Ganikhan

Vasundhara Sanman

He is from Kirugavlu is a graduate and had chosen to be a farmer in his ancestral agricultural land. Initially he began to protect existing mango plantation in 15 acres which has more than 120 species of mangoes. Then he roamed across the country to collect different varieties of Rice species and began growing them his farm, thus today he is the only farmer in India to cultivate and conserve 750 varieties of Rice. He is protecting 140 varieties of mangos and many more wild species of food crop. At the same time he is encouraging the farmers to grow different species of rice by offering them the seeds and disseminating the techniques for growing them. He has been honored by Karnataka and Indian government for protecting indigenous species