Mysore’s very own ‘AGRI DOCTOR’. Mysore City’s own globally recognised agriculture Scientist, Dr. Vasanth Kumar Thimakapura fondly known as ‘PLANT DOCTOR’. He is an Agriculture Expert travels across the state to provide much needed advice to farmers. He has opened a soil testing laboratory in Mysore. He is a teacher and science writer who has written many articles in both kannada and English magazines to popularise science among common people. He has delivered lectures in schools and colleges and on radio and television. And provides awareness and training to different level of people involved in agricultural activities.
Dr. Thimakapura has researched and developed product which has enormous contribution towards the plant pathology in order to serve the cause of farmers through his innovative products, agricultural education, research and extensions. He has travelled very widely across the globe and visited many universities, attended several international conferences and gained a lot of knowledge and experience. His scientific spirit, entrepreneurial idea, commitment to the farming community is extra ordinary. He is the source of strength, enthusiasm, new ideas, new concepts, and new arenas.
Product 1 – Improving the plant physiological metabolism:
An organic plant tonic, PHYTON-T, formulated by him has been able to increase the yield and quality by manifolds in various crops. It does so by increasing the root mass, number & size of leaves and the chlorophyll content per unit area. The product has been tested and recommended by University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore and Central Tobacco Research Institute, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh. New concepts have been successfully introduced in solving the „hard to control‟ disease problems in important crops like root rot and wilt diseases of banana, black pepper, pomegranate, tobacco, etc.
Product 2 – Virus disease management:
Another plant and seaweed extract based organic product has been developed which makes the virus infected plants to recover from the symptoms and yield normally. This is, indeed, a breakthrough in the field of Plant Pathology. The product is already commercialized and simultaneously being tested by premier institutes like Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi and Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Hessaraghatta, Bangalore. This product is going to revolutionize viral disease management of crops, especially in horticultural crops.
Micro finance – in the form of essential inputs: Dr. Vasanth Kumar‟s company, Green Lifescience Technologies, has created a new history by supplying his products to the farmers on interest- free credit, without any security, for a period of more than six months. More than 12,000 farmers have been benefitted by this scheme where each farmer receives agri-inputs worth Rs. 2500/- which translates into Rs. 50,000 additional income to them. This kind of micro-finance system in the form of indispensable inputs has no parallel example anywhere in the country. This has immense positive impact on the socio-economic status of these farmers.
Extension service: This includes onsite trainings through visual media, laboratory and library, etc. His extension activities are multifaceted and have been very successful in reaching the rural mass very effectively. He has written hundreds of articles on agriculture and published in local language and English in leading magazines. He has given innumerable training programs to the farmers at village level. Solutions to local crop problems are provided through local TV channels. He has established a state of the art laboratory and library (Books, magazines and videos on agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, etc.) which cater to the needs of local farmers, free of cost. This laboratory also provides free online disease diagnosis service, which is first of its kind in the country.
Social Service: He has saved many individual farmers‟ crops whenever the crop was damaged by various reasons, at his own cost and saved the lives of many farmers. He has adopted a few government schools and orphanages where he has motivated the students and staff to go for cultivation of vegetables and fruits and provided them with necessary seedlings and inputs.
Disease Diagnosis Manual: He is shortly releasing a pictorial book on “Disease Diagnosis and Management” which provides practical methods of disease diagnosis and management methods in important crops of India. This is a combination of his professional knowledge of science of Plant Pathology and world class photographic skill. The color pictures of crop diseases, depicting the finest details of the disease, would serve as an excellent tool for the diagnosis of crop diseases which is the first and foremost important step in disease control.
Dr. VKT is a botanist and founder of KRISHI JNANA VIJNANA VEDIKE(KJVV) a forum which helps farmers to reap profit by scientifically growing vegetables and other crops. Along with the support to diagnose and treat the plant diseases there by save huge losses to the farmers and also they have been helping the farmers connect with banks in order to get financial assistance at the right time.
His company Green LifeScience Technologies Pvt Ltd(GLSTPL) is instrumental in developing several simple, cost effective, repeatable disease screening techniques that have led to development of disease resistant hybrids in crops like Maize, Sorghum, Pearl millet, Tomato, Brinjal, Pepper, Cucurbits, Okra, etc.Green LifeScience Technologies is ever engaged in serving the farming community. it is also devoted to educating farmers on various aspects of Agriculture and Horticulture through its onsite training programs. And extend this service to Contract farmers of our corporate partners.
GLSTPL is specialised in training on Disease and Pest Diagnosis and Management and also on Nutrition Management. It has already produced and released a video film on “Scientific Nursery Management in Tobacco”. Many more such educational videos are in the making.
GLSTPL is one step ahead in Disease Management and already is in the process of preparing a complete pictorial “Field Manual” on the subject with highly practical methods for Disease Diagnosis and Management. it also maintains inoculum strains for its Corporate partners. We maintain and supply inoculum of the desired strain and purity.
City scientist is ‘Best Science Communicator’.
VKT has been awarded for best science communicator award by the vision group on science and technology, department of Information technology, Biotechnology science and technology ministry. The award comprised of Rs. 50,000 and a citation which was presented by Ex- chief minister of Karnataka D V Sadananda Gowda at a function held at Bangalore.
He has said- “ If his model is replicated in the entire country then farmers will stand to gain a lot”
He expresses In one of his talk on ‘ Bank can play an extra role to gain extra mileage in agricultural sector’ that his KJVV has been successful in not only diagnosing and treating the plant diseases thereby save huge losses to the farmers but they have also been helping the farmers connect with the banks in order to get financial assistance at the right time.