The Prime Minister,
Shri Narendra Modi, today released a two-part book series on the eminent
agricultural scientist Dr. M.S. Swaminathan. The series is titled - M.S.
Swaminathan: The Quest for a world without hunger. Several Union
Ministers and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister recalled how the Soil
Health Card initiative had been started in consultation with Prof.
Swaminathan, during the Prime Minister’s tenure as Gujarat Chief
Praising the dedication and commitment of Prof. Swaminathan, the Prime
Minister described him as a “Kisan Vaigyanik” – Farmers’ Scientist;
rather than just a “Krishi Vaigyanik” – Agricultural Scientist. The
Prime Minister said that Prof. Swaminathan’s speciality is that his work
has been grounded in practical reality. He also appreciated the
simplicity of Prof. Swaminathan.
Talking about challenges in the agricultural sector today, the Prime
Minister said that the success in agriculture needs to be extended to
eastern India; and scientific and technological interventions are
required to make this a reality.
The Prime Minister said a combination of modern scientific methods and
traditional agricultural knowledge would bring about the best possible
results. Giving examples from some States, he said each district in
India should have its own “Agri-Identity.” He said this can boost the
marketing process, and help develop agri-clusters, on the lines of
The Prime Minister spoke of the target of doubling farm incomes by 2022,
and said this requires a targeted approach in several key areas. He
noted with satisfaction that the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana is
finding much higher acceptance among farmers, than previous agricultural
insurance schemes. He said this will help increase the risk-taking
ability of farmers, and facilitate the process of taking innovation from
“Lab to Land.”
Dr. M.S. Swaminathan thanked the Prime Minister for his words, and
appreciated his vision. He emphasized the importance of synergy between
technology and public policy.