Organic farmer awarded as Kerala Youth Icon

Rajesh Krishnan is sowing seeds of change in a little village by a stream in Thrissilerry in the misty hills of Wayanad. The biotechnologist-turned-farmer is in a hurry when we meet up at the Thanal office in Jawahar Nagar. It is the paddy transplanting season and so I am returning to Wayanad tonight itself, says Rajesh. He was in Thiruvananthapuram, his home town, to receive the second Kerala youth icon awards given away to six achievers in different fields by the Kerala government. Thirty-eight-year-old Rajesh won the award for integrated, organic cultivation of traditional paddy seeds such as the reddish Thondi, white Mullankaima, fragrant Gandakashala and Veliyan, and for saving native seeds from extinction.