Nalbari, March 9: On the occasion of International Women's Day, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, conferred a national level Padma award to Kanika Talukdar, an agriculture based woman entrepreneur.
She is the only woman from the North East to receive the award along with six others. Talukdar was given the award at a function held at Nalbari Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) after formal declaration of the award through a virtual meeting of ICAR.
The award recipients were not invited to the central function held at New Delhi this year due to the Covid situation. The officiating program coordinator of the KVK Nalbari Dr Manasi Chakravarty formally handed over the certificate issued by the ICAR along with the award.
Talukdar had initially set up a small vermicompost unit at home to run the family after her husband expired and later transformed it into a large-scale industry.
She was guided by the Nalbari KVK in setting up the unit. The award ceremony was attended by scientist Homeswar Mazumdar and Dr Arfan Ali. In her reply Talukdar expressed her gratitude to the Nalbari KVK for making her a national award-winning farmer.