Pappammal, Tamil Nadu’s 106-year old woman farmer, has received Padma Shri- India’s fourth highest civilian award-for her role in organic farming on the occasion of the Republic Day this year.
Born in the year 1914, Pappammal is probably the oldest living person in the state to get the prestigious award. Being very much active at this age, Pappammal organically cultivate millets, pulses, and vegetables across her 2.5 acres field in Thekkampatti village, located on the banks of river Bhavani in Coimbatore district.
Appreciating the notable agriculturist, cricketer VVS Laxman tweeted, “Age is only a number. 105-year-old Pappammal is a legend in organic agriculture. She works at her field in Thekkampatti, TN, and cultivates millets, pulses & vegetables across 2.5 acres & runs a provision store & eatery. She has been honoured with the #PadmaShri award.”
She still visits her farm every single day and gives credit of her health and longevity to stress-free lifestyle; her love for farming; and the consumption of organic produce. Pappammal has expressed happiness on being conferred the award and called for honouring such farmers to encourage agriculture in the country.