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M S Swaminathan turns 92

KJ Staff
KJ Staff
MS Swaminathan

Krishi Jagran is pleased to wish Mankombu Sambasivan Swaminathan hearty congratulations on his 92 nd Birthday. Being born on 7 August 1925, he is an international administrator, pioneer in Indian genetics and known as Father of Indian green revolution. Renowned for his leading role in India's Green Revolution a program under which high-yield varieties of wheat and rice seedlings were planted in the fields of poor farmers. He is the founder and chairman of the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation. His vision is to rid the world of hunger and poverty. Swaminathan is an advocate of moving India to sustainable development, especially using environmentally sustainable agriculture, sustainable food security and the preservation of biodiversity, which he calls an "evergreen revolution.”

From 1972 to 1979 he was director general of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. He was Principal Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture from 1979 to 1980. He served as Director General of the International Rice Research Institute(1982–88) and became president of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources in 1988.

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