70 years of India – Netherlands diplomatic partnership: Prof M S Swaminathan
Author : HMRC
June 28, 2017: I went to the Netherlands to study at the Agricultural University at Wageningen in 1949. The First Secretary in our embassy in the Hague was Shri N.B Menon. He did a tremendous job in promoting Netherlands-India partnership in spite of the fact that there was misunderstanding on the part of the Dutch Government with reference to India’s support to Indonesia and President Sukarno in particular. Our first ambassador was Dr Mohan Singh Mehta, who was respected for his scholarship and human qualities. This started the beginning of collaboration in many areas. Specialisation in the areas of horticulture, floriculture, dairying, post-harvest management, marketing and quality control, gave the farmers of that country a very high income. In spite of the small farm size, the technology-based agriculture ensured rural prosperity. In the context of our desire to double the income of farmers within five years, there are many lessons to be learnt from Dutch agriculture. I hope the visit of our Prime Minister will lead to a strengthening of a mutually beneficial relationship, particularly in the field of agriculture. On this occasion, I wish to pay my tribute to Shri N.B Menon and Dr Mohan Singh Mehta for the solid foundation laid by them for meaningful partnership between our two countries.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.