‘Green God’ MS Swaminathan Gets First World Agriculture Prize, And $100,000 MS Swaminathan (Photo by Hk Rajashekar/The India Today Group/Getty Images)

A renowned Indian geneticist and international administrator, MS Swaminathan, was recently awarded the first World Agriculture Prize by Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, reported The Hindu Business Line. Known as the “Father of Indian Green Revolution”, his contributions to Indian agriculture were seminal in reducing India’s dependence on food imports and achieving self-sufficiency.

While receiving the award instituted by the NGO, Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA), Swaminathan emphasised the critical role played by farmers: “There is no agriculture without farmers. It is the basic need of people and it cannot be commercialised.”

The Vice-President called on policymakers to make agriculture their highest priority and to adopt a liberal approach while allocating resources towards it. He said, “Like we have the most favoured nation, we should give most favoured status to agriculture.”

With climate change drastically altering weather patterns and impacting food production cycles, the Vice-President asked to climate-proof agriculture: “This calls for policy changes in the agriculture sector. We should focus on developing climate-resilient crops. We need to develop crops that can withstand extreme weather conditions.”

To make farming a sustainable and attractive occupation for farmers, the Modi government has approved a comprehensive plan to double farmers’ income by 2022.

The award carries a prize money of $100,000

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber
Advertisement