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.”
The award carries a prize money of $100,000
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