Who is Abdul Khader Nadakattin? Padma Shri award winner agriculturalist from Karnataka – Age, Wife, Family: On Monday (28th March 2022), Abdul Khader Nadakattin a grassroots agricultural innovator who hails from Karnataka’s Dharwad got India’s most prestigious Padma Shri Award from President Ram Nath Kovind for his great contribution to agriculture. Not only but he has been credited with over 40 innovations that assist small and marginal farmers across India. After receiving this award, Padma Shri awardee Abdul Khader Nadakattin said “I am a common farmer but the Indian government has honored me with the Padma Shri award for the research I have done on machines which are used in agriculture in the last 35 years.” He further added that “I want to dedicate this to all the farmers in the country.” Follow More Update On GetIndiaNews.com
Who is Abdul Khader Nadakattin?
Abdul Khader Nadakattin was born in the year 1953 in Annigeri in Dharwad district which is in Karnataka as the only son of a wealthy farmer father and completed his formal education only up to 10th Standard. However, he was interested in completing his studies but his father insisted that he discontinue his formal education and turn to agricultural activities.
Abdul is popular for his innovations like a tamarind seed separation device, a plowing blade-making machine, a water-heating boiler, a wheel tiller, a seed cum fertilizer drill, and an automatic sugarcane sowing driller. His solutions are considered very practical for common formers and easily implemented on their farms. His solutions are also less harmful to the environment and cost-effective, hence accepted by the farmers.
Abdul Khader Nadakattin Padma Shri award winner
His major skill is in doing farming on the basis of agro-climatic conditions and also testing soil characteristics prior to cultivating any particular seeds. His first invention was a “Water Alarm”. He invented this device for himself to overcome his issue of sleeping late in the mornings. He knotted a thin rope to the end of the key of the alarm to a bottle of water in such a way that after the alarm rings, water would fall on his face. He also made agri-technologies and tools which are modern as compared to earlier tools available.
Abdul has also got a Lifetime Achievement Award from then-Indian President Pranab Mukherjee in the year 2015, at the time of the NIF’s 8th National Grassroots Innovation and Outstanding Traditional Knowledge Awards. Other Padam Shri awardees from the state include Shri Subbanna Ayyappan hails from Karnataka for his contribution to science and engineering, Shri Amai Mahalinga Naik for Agriculture, Shri H R Keshavamurthy for Art in Karnataka., Shri Siddhalingaiah, after death for his work in the field of literature and education in the state.
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