Agriculture scientists Dr R Sai Kumar and Dr N Shobha Rani were jointly honoured with the prestigious MS Swaminathan award for their outstanding works in the field of agriculture.
The award, which carries a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh, a medal and a citation, was presented by Dr Jayaprakash Narayan, MLA and president of Loksatta Party and Dr William Dar, Director General of ICRISAT. The award was jointly presented by the Retired Indian Council for Agriculture Research Employees Association (RICAREA) and Nuziveedu Seeds, India's largest seed company.
Dr R Sai Kumar is the Director of Directorate of Maize Research, at ICAR (Indian Council for Agriculture Research) and Dr N Shobha Rani is the Principal Scientist & Head, Crop Improvement Section at Directorate of Rice Research.
Dr R Sai Kumar was nominated for outstanding work done by him as a maize breeder in the development and release of 14 maize hybrids and varieties and Dr N Shobha Rani was nominated for the MS Swaminathan award for her outstanding contribution to Genetic Enhancement of basmati and other Quality rice varieties that lead to higher productivity.
On this occasion, the President of RICAREA- MVS Sastry said, the work done by the two outstanding scientists Dr R Sai Kumar and Dr N Shobha Rani have significantly helped in increasing the production of maize and rice in the country. “We are really proud to be presenting this award to them. It reflects the spirit of innovation and hard work that is put by the agricultural scientists in the country.”