Coromandel International Ltd has conferred the ‘Borlaug Award’ for 2012 on two Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI) scientists.

The award has been given to K.V. Prabhu and Ashok Kumar Singh for their contribution to basmati rice research and development.

A five-member jury headed by M.S. Swaminathan, Father of the Green Revolution in India, has named these scientists for the award.

Coromandel has instituted the award in 1972 to honour Nobel Laureate Norman E. Borlaug. The award is given in recognition of outstanding research and contribution in the field of agriculture, environment and extension by Indian scientists.

The award carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh, a gold medal and a citation.

Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, will present the award to the winners in New Delhi on November 28.

According to a statement, Coromandel lecture on ‘Cutting edge science for food security, economic growth and environment protection’ will be delivered by Robert S. Zeigler, Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) at the event.

rishikumar.vundi@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on November 22, 2012)
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