23rd December, 2014, New Delhi
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR released a book, Food Security of India: An Overview authored by Dr. Suresh C. Modgal and published by National Book Trust, India here today. Dr. Ayyappan, while congratulating author and publisher, emphasized that food is in plenty but writing is a casualty, hence, this is a welcome book on a most topical issue having many concerns of global implications. He said now food is not limited only to cereals and pulses but also includes fruits, vegetables, fishes etc., hence, ICAR has expended its spectrum of research for rainbow revolution. Food security involves nutrition, health, environment, employment and many other social issues as well, he added.
Shri Anand Sarup, Former Secretary, Education, Government of India and Former Chairman, NBT presided over the function and shared his wide ranging experiences in governance, book publication and other issues of concern related to food security of the country. He suggested that books on such important issues should be published regularly to make aware and cater the needs of various stakeholders.
Dr. R.B. Singh, Past President, National Academy of Sciences India and a renowned academician elaborated various scientific and social dimensions of food security and urged to work for zero hunger programme in the country. He expressed his concern for a large number of hungry people in India despite surplus food production. Dr. Singh appreciated the author for his novel approach in presenting the book in its present form.
Dr. S.C. Modgal, Author of the Book and a well known agriculture researcher, highlighted the issues raised in the book and also shared his experiences and vision for food security of India.
Dr. Ravinder Kaur, Director, IARI; Dr. Ramesh Chand, Director, NCAP; and Drs. Y. Singh and U.S. Singh also shared their views on the book and its content.
The event was jointly organized by ICAR and National Book Trust, India. Senior officials and Scientists of ICAR, IARI and NBT participated in the event along with a large number of students and young researchers.
Dr. M.A. Sikandar, Chairman, NBT welcomed the dignitaries, while Dr. Rameshar Singh, Project Director, DKMA, ICAR proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: ICAR- Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture)