Sundaram Verma
Sikar, Rajasthan
Alma materIndian Agricultural Research Institute
AwardsPadma Shri

Sundaram Verma is an Indian environmentalist. He was awarded Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award in 2020, for developing the agricultural technique called ‘dryland agroforestry' which was developed to help tree plantation efforts in arid regions of India.[1][2][3]

Early life and career

Verma is a resident of the village called Danta located in Sikar, Rajasthan. After completing his graduation in 1972, Verma decided to pursue farming as a career.[4] Verma studied dryland farming at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi through Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK).[1] After working for 10 years, Verma developed a farming technique for arid regions wherein all kind of trees can be planted with just one litre of water. To date, Verma has planted over 50,000 trees.[5]


  1. ^ a b Karelia, Gopi (2019-07-25). "Can a Tree Grow with Just 1 Litre of Water? This 68-YO Farmer Has Grown 50,000!". The Better India. Retrieved 2020-02-26.
  2. ^ "एक लीटर पानी में पौधा उगाने वाले को पद्मश्री". (in Hindi). Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  3. ^ "एक लीटर पानी में पौधा उगाने वाले को पद्मश्री, सीकर के दांता कस्बे में उत्साह का माहौल". Jagran (in Hindi). Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  4. ^ "टीचर की सरकारी नौकरी ठुकरा बने किसान, सुंडाराम को अब मिलेगा पद्मश्री अवार्ड" (in Hindi). 2020-01-26. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  5. ^ Spokesperson, Ministry of Home Affairs [@PIBHomeAffairs] (January 25, 2020). "Sundaram Verma has planted 50000+ trees in arid Rajasthan, with 1 litre of water per tree, with 100% survival rate" (Tweet) – via Twitter.