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MS Swaminathan, 98, popularly known as the father of India’s Green Revolution, died at his Chennai home on Thursday. Under his tutelage, in a career spanning nearly half a century, the agricultural scientist transformed India from being dependent on humiliating food donations to feed its population to being self-sufficient, saving millions from deadly famines.

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HT Archives: Implications for India

"The Green Revolution has raised new hopes for the hungry and poor world"

The Green Revolution has raised new hopes for the hungry and poor world. It has also generated new attitudes and destroyed many beliefs (Getty Images)
Updated on Sep 28, 2023 10:00 PM IST

HT Archives: Keeping the Green Revolution green

“What we need now is an environmentally sustainable and socially equitable green revolution or what may be termed as evergreen revolution”

Punjab took the lead because of the scientific and educational help given by the Punjab Agricultural University and the presence of essential pre-requisites (HT File)
Updated on Sep 28, 2023 10:28 PM IST

HT Archives: New frontiers in farming

“The release of the dwarf varieties of wheat and rice and hybrids of jowar, maize and bajra, has during the last few years changed the entire situation”

The Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, has pioneered research and development efforts in evolving outstanding dwarf wheat varieties. (HT photo)
Updated on Sep 28, 2023 10:36 PM IST

A master in his field

Babu Jagjivan Ram ensured that Indian agriculture moved from a state of dependence to one of proud sufficiency during two very critical periods: first, from 1967 to ’70 and second, from 1974 to ’77, writes MS Swaminathan.

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Updated on Apr 07, 2013 11:44 PM IST
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Maharashtra needs to formulate a Drought Code: MS Swaminathan

Maharashtra has experience in drought proofing but what we now need is a well defined Drought Code which will indicate the proactive measures that need to be taken, writes MS Swaminathan.

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Updated on Mar 30, 2013 09:16 PM IST
None | ByMS Swaminathan

People before numbers, an empowering budget

The Union Budget presented by P Chidambaram is remarkable in placing faces before figures. The finance minister's speech throughout emphasised the need for caring for women, children, youth and the poor. MS Swaminathan writes.

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Updated on Mar 01, 2013 01:32 AM IST
None | ByMS Swaminathan

‘Get farm right, rest will follow’

Attracting and retaining youth in farming is the greatest challenge facing Indian agriculture today. The diminishing contribution to GDP of the farm sector is accompanied by an increasing responsibility for employment. Our population is young and India will be the youngest nation by 2020.

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Updated on Apr 14, 2012 10:21 PM IST
None | ByMS Swaminathan

States, panchayats must help implement schemes

In this year's budget, Pranab Mukherjee has essentially tried to consolidate the gains made as a result of the initiatives he had launched during the previous two budgets. Thus, in agriculture, there is no new initiative except increasing the target for agricultural credit to Rs 5,75,000 crore during 2012-13. This represents an increase of over Rs 1,00,000 crore from last year.

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Updated on Mar 16, 2012 11:58 PM IST
None | ByMS Swaminathan

Agricultural renaissance in UP

The population of Uttar Pradesh as per the 2011 Census is 199,581,477. More than 50% of all these people are below the age of 30. The state is also significant for providing substantial quantities of food grains to the national public distribution system.

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Updated on Jun 28, 2011 07:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMS Swaminathan, Rajya Sabha MP

Food security act is necessary for sustainable development

2010-20 has been declared as the decade of innovation. An essential pre-requisite for achieving the position of an innovation superpower is providing an opportunity to every newborn child to achieve his innate genetic potential for physical and mental development. MS Swaminathan writes.

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Updated on Feb 09, 2011 09:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMS Swaminathan

We need profits, passion in farming

SEEDS OF CHANGE: Technology, young blood must combine to turn the agricultural sector around. MS Swaminathan Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and chairman, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, writes. Transforming food security

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Updated on Jan 01, 2011 01:46 AM IST
None | ByMS Swaminathan

2010-11 Budget goals possible only if states stick together

Pranab Mukherjee has laid out a road map for agricultural recovery and progress based on conservation of ecological foundations, cultivation on conservation principles, consumption with focus on food safety and quality, and farmer-centric commerce.

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Updated on Feb 27, 2010 01:36 AM IST
None | ByMS Swaminathan

HT Archives: 2010, a do-or-die year for agriculture, thanks to food inflation

"We will have to build our food and nutrition security system on the foundation of home grown food"

The gap between potential and actual yields with the technologies on the shelf ranges from 200 to 300 per cent in these areas.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Sep 28, 2023 10:18 PM IST
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HT Archive: Not a grain to spare

Indira Gandhi was determined to build a large grain reserve, irrespective of the cost involved, often against advice of Planning Commission and Finance Ministry

Small and marginal farmer households account for 84 per cent of all farmer households.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Sep 28, 2023 10:08 PM IST
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Lying dangerously fallow

The government has identified growing constraints in the agricultural sector. Strangely, the Budget does little to correct this situation, writes Swaminathan.

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Updated on Mar 01, 2007 11:52 AM IST
None | ByMS Swaminathan
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