Hailing the enormous feat of saving billions from hunger deaths nothing but miraculous, B Soundararajan, Chairman of CLFMA, praised father of India’s Green Revolution. “CLFMA takes great pride in congratulating Dr. Swaminathan on getting the “Yerarignar” award and wholeheartedly thanks the eminent scientist for his immense contribution to augment India’s food and nutritional security over the past few decades,” Soundararajan said.
“It was the time at least a billion hungry and malnourished were staring at death by starvation and Professor Dr. MS Swaminathan and his team took the challenge head on. With his relentless commitment, social concern and scientific acumen, he laid the foundation for India’s Green Revolution”, he remarked.
“He is an inspirational leader and a scientist with a vision. At a time when India was forced to import food grains, Dr. MS Swaminathan and his team,with a futuristic perspective, were working very hard to ensure our country’s food self-sufficiency. As a result, we produce over 270 million tonnes of food grains today”, he added.
Reiterating the need for a holistic approach towards food and nutrition security, Soundararajan said, “We cannot afford to be complacent for we must build on the solid foundation of Green Revolution and bring an Ever Green Revolution. India has an enviable demographic advantage as our median age is around 30 as against many developing and developed countries. However, to leverage it fully to our strength, nutritional security is to be given more focus and it needs concerted efforts and a holistic approach towards meeting our food demand – both in quantity and quality terms–that too sustainably. Dr. MS Swaminathan had been quite vocal in pushing nutrition ahead as a foremost policy priority,” he added.
Soundararajan further added, “As Dr. Swaminathan always used to emphasise, we need to focus on nutritional security and agricultural sustainability simultaneously since we no longer have the luxuries of the past in terms of cultivable land and resources mainly, water. Despite impressive economic growth in the past few decades, India still remains home to millions of malnourished women and children particularly, in the lower socio-economic strata. Hence, integrated and holistic approach on both crop and livestock sectors is critical to leverage synergies towards sustainably meeting the food and nutritional demands of our country. We are fortunate to have iconic leaders like Dr. MSS to inspire and guide us in our pursuit.”