Rice – The Saviour of Food Security: Prof M S Swaminathan
Author : Prof M S Swaminathan
February 4, 2017: The incoming chair of Tata Sons Shri N Chandrasekaran has made the important remark that farming can generate useful ideas for business and industry (ToI, 4 Feb 2017). He is mentioning it from practical experience, since according to him he has done a bit of farming. In this connection, we should be proud of the fact that one of the centers of origin of rice is India. Rice grows from the high altitudes of Himalayas to below sea level conditions in Kuttanad. In the era of climate change, rice is going to be a saviour of food security since it can be cultivated in a wide range of altitudes and latitudes. It is therefore a welcome step that the chairperson of the leading industrial house of India, has explained the value of farming in introducing innovations in business and industry. I hope the younger generation will take serious note of the remarks of Shri N Chandrasekaran.
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.