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A real-time hero and innovative farmer Chintala Venkat Reddy from Hyderabad, Telangana has repeatedly shown his greatness. On February 11, 2021, World Intellectual Property Organization ( WIPO) has officially confirmed a patent for his technique, which was used to enrich the crucial presence of Vitamin D in rice and wheat variety.
Padma Shri awardee Chintala Venkat Reddy has already a patent for his soul management techniques and the mud spray technology that helped the country to tackle the recent locust attack.
Having listened to the doctors, Reddy started to work on a completely natural technique that would enrich rice and wheat with Vitamin D. Telling his innovative farming method, Venkat Reddy says “I succeeded after working on it for two years. Then filed for a national patent in August 2019 and a year later, I applied for an International patent on August 1, 2020. My concern was simple: why should we take medicines for something that is coming to us naturally, for free? I had already worked on rice with Vitamin A and C; my crops are fed with natural nutrients through drip irrigation. It is a simple technique and absolutely natural. I tweaked the process and the nutrients to enrich rice and wheat with Vitamin D.”
While normal or conventional rice and wheat have little or no presence of Vitamin D, Venkat Reddy emphasizes farmers on using natural methods and hopes farmers worldwide will adopt the natural method to fight the Vitamin D deficiency. He explains " “Vitamin D is such an important mineral and though present abundantly we are having to rely on medicines. Normal or conventional rice and wheat have no presence of Vitamin D. Through my farming method I was able to test the presence of vitamin D ranging from 102 international units (IU) per 100 gram to 141 IU per 100 grams in rice. The same goes for wheat. My experiments on an agricultural plot in Alwal came up with 1606 IU per 100grams and 1832 IU per 100 grams in wheat."
Promising his help to Indian farmers he says " “I have always been in support of natural ways to cultivate, which eventually takes care of soil health, the environment, and us. I look at methods that are not expensive for farmers. As a farmer, I have a duty towards the soil and our future generations,"
"If the Government of India wants it to be simplified and given to farmers, I am ready to help," Venkat Reddy added.