November 29, 2017: The Karshakashree Award that recognizes an outstanding Kerala farmer has been awarded to a woman farmer from Palakkad. The prestigious award instituted by the Malayala Manorama group of publications carries a cash award of Rs. 3 lakhs, a gold medallion and a citation. The award selection committee is chaired by Prof M S Swaminathan, Founder MSSRF. This year’s awardee Swapna James, has been recognized for her work in organic farming, efficient use of land and natural resources. This award is an important method to promote and applaud achievers in agriculture.
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.