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National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) Annual General Body Meeting held in Delhi

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06 June 2024, New Delhi: The National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), a scientific think tank dedicated to promoting agricultural research, education, and extension in India, organised its 31st Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) held on the 4th and 5th of June 2024 and commemorated its Foundation Day. The event featured insightful panel discussions and special lectures on crucial topics in the field of agriculture.

Bringing together over 750 elected fellows representing various sectors of agricultural sciences, NAAS showcased the expertise and contributions that have been instrumental in shaping innovative strategies for agricultural advancement in the country.

The first day of the AGM witnessed two panel discussions on June 4th, 2024. The first panel discussion was on “Agriculture in Viksit Bharat@2O47: Mid Term and Long Term Action Agenda”, explored strategic initiatives and frameworks for advancing India’s agricultural sector over the coming decades. The second-panel discussion, titled “A Roadmap for Second Blue Revolution”, delved into strategies for revolutionizing India’s blue economy, aiming to unlock the vast potential of the country’s marine and aquatic resources. Both the panels were chaired by Dr. Himanshu Pathak, President of NAAS, Secretary DARE, and Director General of ICAR.

In addition to the panel discussions, two special evening lectures were delivered by Dr. Takashi Yamano, Principal Economist, ADB, Dhaka, and Prof. Ashwani Pareek, Executive Director, NABI, Mohali, eminent scientists of international repute.

On June 5th, the AGM was led by Dr. Himanshu Pathak, President of NAAS, along with vice presidents, Secretaries, and other officials of the Academy. As a token of recognition for outstanding contributions in the field of agriculture, NAAS felicitated Padma Awarded Scientists, Farmers, Industrialists, and Media Personalities during this session. The Academy released A Memoir: Prof. M.S. Swaminathan as a tribute and also started Prof. M.S. Swaminathan Foundation Day Lecture.

The Prof. M.S. Swaminathan Foundation Day Lecture was delivered by Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Former Vice President of India on June 1th’2024. Highlighting the legacy of Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, the father of the Green Revolution, Shri Naidu praised his pioneering contributions to agricultural science which transformed India from a food-deficit country to a leading agricultural nation. Prof. Swaminathan’s work in promoting high-yielding varieties, sustainable farming practices, and modern irrigation techniques significantly increased crop yields, ensuring food security and alleviating poverty. His vision extended beyond the Green Revolution, influencing fisheries, and dairy development, and advocating for the Evergreen Revolution a sustainable approach to agriculture integrating modern technology and traditional wisdom.

He emphasized Prof. Swaminathan’s enduring impact on global agriculture, including his work in technology transfer, ecological conservation, and policy advocacy for smallholder farmers. Prof. Swaminathan’s initiatives, such as the Plant Variety Protection and Farmer’s Right Act and the National Commission on Farmers Report, provided crucial frameworks for improving farmers’ lives and promoting sustainable agricultural development. His contributions have significantly shaped India’s agricultural policies, leading to remarkable achievements in food and nutritional security, increased agricultural exports, and overall socio-economic growth. Prof. Swaminathan is celebrated as a visionary leader whose legacy continues to inspire advancements in agriculture and environmental stewardship.

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