Excerpts from the article in “All about Belgaum”:
“Mrs. Asha Tejasvi Naik is the recipient of the prestigious ASPEE L.M. PATEL FARMER OF THE YEAR AWARD in the women farmer category. This is a national level award and carries a cash prize, trophy & citation. This was presented to her by Prof M.S. Swaminathan, eminent scientist, member of Rajya Sabha and the father of GREEN REVOLUTION IN INDIA, at a glittering ceremony held on 1st Jan. 2012 at U.A.S. NAVSARI GUJARAT. Mrs. Asha Naik from village Modaga Tal & Dist Belgaum is a Homa Organic Farmer practicing sericulture for the past 15 years. She has 3 hectares of land under V1 mulberry cultivation. Mrs. Naik does not use chemical fertilizer or pesticides and is a certified organic farmer and is actively involved in preserving bio diversity and soil health. She uses leftover mulberry sticks as mulch and also litter to produce compost manures. By practicing Agnihotra Homa farming techniques she has benefitted the most in eradicating pest and diseases and also the atmosphere in her farm is pure and filled with positive energies created by the Homa. She rears 6900 dfls and produces 5.5 tons of silk cocoons yearly.
She was also the recipient of the SHRESTA KRISHI MAHILE AWARD 2007 from the U.A.S. Dharwad. She is a member of Organic food club. She is also invited as a resource person and also a speaker and trainer for various events related to sericulture and floriculture.
She has a very relevant message to the farming community “think big become big. Be self sufficient and self reliant by using available resources on the farm. Add value to your farm products and your earnings will rise fourfold.”
SPEE L.M.PATEL “FARMER OF THE YEAR” AWARD to MRS. ASHA TEJASVI NAIK