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Modi releases two-part book series on agricultural scientist M. S. Swaminathan

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today highlighted the challenges facing the agricultural sector and said that the success in this sector needed to be extended to eastern India, using scientific and technological interventions.
 
Speaking after releasing a two-part book series on eminent agricultural scientist M. S. Swaminathan here today, Mr. Modi said a combination of modern scientific methods and traditional agricultural knowledge would bring about the  best possible results.
 
The series is titled - M.S. Swaminathan: The Quest for a World Without Hunger. Several Union Ministers and other dignitaries were present on the occasion. 
 
Giving examples from some States, Mr. Modi said each district in India should have its own "agri-identity". He said this could boost the marketing process, and help develop agri-clusters, on the lines of industrial clusters. 
 
Mr. Modi spoke of the target of doubling farm incomes by 2022, and said this requires a targeted approach in several key areas. He noted with satisfaction that the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana is finding much higher acceptance among farmers, than previous agricultural insurance schemes. He said this will help increase the risk-taking ability of farmers, and facilitate the process of taking innovation from “Lab to Land.” 
 
The Prime Minister recalled how the Soil Health Card initiative had been started in consultation with Prof. Swaminathan, during his tenure as the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
 
Praising the dedication and commitment of Prof. Swaminathan, the Prime Minister described him as a “Kisan Vaigyanik” – Farmers’ Scientist; rather than just a “Krishi Vaigyanik” – Agricultural Scientist. The Prime Minister said that Prof. Swaminathan’s speciality is that his work has been grounded in practical reality. He also appreciated the simplicity of Prof. Swaminathan. 
 
Dr. M.S. Swaminathan thanked the Prime Minister for his words, and appreciated his vision. He emphasized the importance of synergy between technology and public policy. 

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