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Transforming Agriculture - Transforming India


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“When I was listening to the observation of Shri Sharad Pawarji, my mind went back to early 70's when another distinguished son of Maharashtra Shri Y. B. Chavan, the then Finance Minister while presenting the Budget for 1974, (it was one of the worst financial crisis in that year), made his observations that whole Indian economy is moving around food, its production, procurement and distribution and I wish if I could have attained self-sufficiency in food production.

After almost four decades, under the dynamic leadership of another illustrious son of Maharashtra, India has not only achieved self-sufficiency in food grains but had the distinction of being the highest producer of rice recognized by IRRI, for two consecutive years. I take this opportunity of placing on record our appreciation to the leadership of Shri Sharad Pawar in stewarding the Agricultural Ministry during the UPA-I and UPA-II. You have ensured that Indian agriculture stands on a firm footing. The humiliation which as a young man I had to see that Indian Food Ministers in the 50's and 60's moving from one country to country with a begging bowl, sometimes grains from USA under PL-480 or sometimes grains from other countries under bilateral cooperation, you have saved (us) from humiliation.”

- Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon'ble President of India

85th Foundation Day of ICAR, New Delhi, 16th July 2013

"This book crystallizes decades of (his) experience on the problems of farmer's organizations, rural debt, the great potential of relevant technologies in the agro climatic paradigm and the strength of the small kisan!

- Y. K. Alagh, Chancellor, Central University of Gujarat

“Indian agriculture is fundamentally transformed in the last decade. It could not be done without a vision, a clear foresight and pursuit of that at a policy level, as is revealed in the speeches of the Agriculture Minister, Shri Sharad Pawar, who has been at the helm of affairs during this period”.

- Ashok Gulati, Chairman, Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices

"Shri Sharad Pawar's decade as Agriculture Minister will be a memorable and shining chapter in the history of India's agricultural development."

- P. K. Mishra, Chairman, The Gujarat Electricity Regulation Commission

"Mr. Sharad Pawar's vision of agriculture is focused on two pillars: better incomes for farmers and food (and nutritional) security for India.

- T. Nanda Kumar, Member, National Disaster Management Authority