Nanadro B. Marak, a farmer who lives in the West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya, has been quietly and steadfastly growing a mini forest of 3,400 organic black pepper trees for the past 30 years.

61 one year old Marak was the first to introduce this popular variety of black pepper known as Karimunda in the West Garo Hills back in 1980’s. Since then, he has been cultivating this species using sustainable methods.

Marak’s pepper cultivation in the Tikrikilla block of West Garo Hills began with an initial investment of Rs 10,000 to plant around 100 trees. Today, he gets an average yield of 3.2 kg per tree — which is three times higher than other growers in the state — from his vines that are spread across five hectares.

For his sustainable practices, Marak was also awarded the ‘Best Pepper Grower’ title by the International Pepper Community in 2018.

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