Thursday, June 11, 2020

Indian-American Soil Scientist Wins Prestigious World Food Prize

Indian-American soil scientist Dr. Rattan Lal honored with the prestigious World Food Prize 2020.
Dr. Lal has been awarded this prize for contributing to increasing the global food supply by helping small farmers to improve soil quality. 
The World Food Prize Foundation said in a statement on Thursday that Rattan Lal has spread across four continents and has spent the last five decades in his career.
Dr. Rattan Lal
Dr. Rattan Lal, an Indian-American soil scientist

Indian-American Soil Scientist Dr. Rattan Lal Wins Prestigious World Food Prize

Washington, Jun 12 (PTI): Indian-American soil scientist Dr. Rattan Lal has been honored with the prestigious World Food Prize, considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in agriculture. He has been awarded this prize (#FoodPrize20) for contributing to increasing the global food supply by helping small farmers to improve soil quality.

The World Food Prize Foundation said in a statement on Thursday that Dr. Lal has spread across four continents and benefited the livelihoods of more than 50 crore small farmers by promoting innovative techniques to preserve soil quality in his career spanning over five decades.  
This technique has improved food and nutritional security of more than two billion people and has protected crores of hectares of natural tropical ecosystems.

The Iowa-based foundation said, "Dr. Rattan Lal, an Indian-American soil scientist, will be given the 2020 World Food Prize, for developing a soil-centric approach to increasing food production and mainstreaming Indian food and to keep natural resources intact and protected from climate change”.

Dr. Lal said in an interview with PTI-Bhasha after the announcement, “Soil Science will get recognition from this award. I am very happy about it. "
He said that this award is especially important because the first recipient of this prestigious award in 1987 was Indian agricultural scientist Dr. MS Swaminathan who was the father of the Indian Green Revolution.
He said that due to harsh climatic conditions, there is a high possibility of soil quality deterioration in a country like India.

Dr. Lal said, "So the award to the Soil Scientist shows the importance of maintaining and managing the quality of the soil. We need to pay more attention to Mother Earth. Our scriptures and Puranas also say that we should respect Mother Earth. So this award is very important to me.

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