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Padamsree KH Gharda to get Lifetime Achievement Award for Agriculture Leadership

Padamsree KH Gharda to get Lifetime Achievement Award for Agriculture Leadership

New Delhi, Oct 20 (UNI) The Life Time Achievement Award for 2018 will be conferred to Padamsree Dr KH Gharda for his outstanding contributions to the Indian chemical sector with special interests in agrochemicals which positively impacted the growth in India's farm sector and created newer opportunities in the Indian agrochemical sector.

The National Awards Committee of Agriculture Leadership Awards, which met in New Delhi on October 17, announced the Global Agriculture Leadership Awards for 2018, under various categories.

The Awards Committee is chaired by Prof M S Swaminathan, the architect of green revolution and has 24 members of global eminence as its members, which includes Dr RB Singh, chancellor of central agriculture university, Dr Purvi Mehta, Asia Director, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Foundation, African-Asian Rural Development Organisation (AARDO) Secretary general Wassafi H Sreihin, NABARD Chairman Dr HK Bhanwala and Cargill Chairman Siraj Choudhry among others.

Global Leadership Summit and Awards are being organised by Indian Council of Food and Agriculture with support of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare; Ministry of Food Processing Industries and Ministry of Commerce.

A world-renowned philanthropist, chemical engineer and entrepreneur, Dr Gharda developed cheaper and better indigenous ways to develop chemicals ending India’s reliance on imported dyes and chemicals.

The International Leadership Award goes to Prof Rudy Rabbinge, Special Envoy – Food Security, Government of Netherlands for his immeasurable contributions in the field of food security and rural development.

Prof Rabbinge was the chair of the Inter-Academy Panel on Food Security and Agricultural Productivity in Africa and member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He has served in different responsibilities in Academia and cooperative private companies and in politics.

National Research Development Corporation has bagged the Research Leadership Award for their commitment towards promoting, developing, nurturing and commercialising innovative, reliable and competitive technologies from R&D institutes through value addition and partnership.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will be awarded the Policy Leadership Award for his proactive policies for uplifting the farming community by focusing on irrigation, investment, global partnerships, marketing initiatives and zero budget natural farming.

The best Fisheries State Award will be presented to Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das in recognition of the state’s efforts in augmenting the production potential of the state in fisheries segment and realising record production in the process.

Agriculture Leadership Awards were instituted in 2008 to recognise the leadership roles played by individuals and institutions positively impacting the lives of farmers and rural masses, according to an official statement here.

The awards will be presented at the Global Agriculture Leadership Summit on October 24 in New Delhi by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Prof Swaminathan and Odisha Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal will also be present besides over 400 global business leaders, experts and government officials.

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