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BOOK RELEASE CEREMONY - 2004
HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR OF KARNATAKA RELEASES
Bringing out technical publications as a means of
information dissemination is one of the activities
of the PNASF to achieve the mission of 'Promoting
agricultural education, research and sustainable
development with focus on food security'. Towards
this end the PNAS Foundation brought out an
international publication 'Food Security and
Vegetables - A Global Perspective' edited by
Nath, P.B. Gaddagimath and O.P. Dutta. The
publication was officially released by His
Excellency Shri. T.N. Chaturvedi, the Governor of
Karnataka at Raj Bhavan, Bangalore on 5th March
2004. The publication release function was organized
in the mini lounge of Raj Bhavan with His
Excellency, the Governor of Karnataka as the Chief
Guest and Shri. H.K. Patil, Honorable Minister for
Agriculture, Shri T.B. Jayachandra, Honorable
Minister for Food and Civil Supplies and Shri K.B
Koliwad, Honorable Minister for Rural Water Supply
and Rural Development Engineering Division and
Externally Aided Projects as Guests of Honour . More
than 100 VVIPs like Dr. P.V. Shenoi ,Dr. R.S.
Deshpande, Dr. R. Dwarakinath, Dr. G.K. Veeresh, Dr.
S. Bisalaih, Dr. M. Mahadevappa, Dr. Manmohan
Attavar, and others as the well wishers of PNASF and
supporters of its activities were present on the
occasion. Releasing the book 'Food Security and
Vegetables - A Global Perspective', His Excellency,
the Governor appreciated the efforts of PNASF in
making known the issue of Food Security round the
globe and the proactive role of the vegetables in
attaining food security through this book. He also
complimented the editors for their excellent
presentation of various facts and informed that the
book is a good reference material to teachers,
researchers, policy makers, critics and serious
thinkers. Wishing all the success to PNASF in its
future endeavors, His Excellency,the Governor
appealed to the gathering to inculcate in them the
quality of social service for the betterment of
RELEASE OF PNASF NEWS
On this occasion
the Inaugural issue of the official News-letter of
PNASF; a half yearly publication ' PNASF NEWS' was
released by Shri. H.K. Patil, Honorable Minister for
Agriculture, Government of Karnataka, who
highlighted the importance of this publication.
honoured Shri P.B. Gaddagimath with a silver plaque
and certificate for his outstanding Editorial work
and as the architect of the book 'Food Security and
Vegetables - A Global Perspective'; Shri Thakur Uday
Singh, Managing Director, Namdhari Seeds Pvt.
Limited; Acharya Vinay Vinekar, Managing Director,
Institute for Universal Consciousness (IUC) with
silver plaque for their contribution in implementing
the FAO-PNASF Telefood Project; and Mr. R. Srinivasan, Managing Partner, Alfa Lazarites with a
scroll of appreciation for excellent printing work
of the book. These awards were presented by Shri T.B.
Jayachandra, Honorable Minister for Food and Civil
Supplies, Government of Karnataka.
recognition of the valuable contribution of Dr. O.P.
Dutta for his outstanding work as the Chief
Coordinator of FAO-PNASF Telefood Project; Mr. Keshav Murthy as the Master Trainer;
Mrs. Rama Devi,
Mrs. Amrith Valli, Master Anand, Master Shankara,
Master Parameshwara, Mr. Cedric and Mr. Binoy for
their best performance in the FAO-PNASF Telefood
Project, the PNASF awarded them with certificate and
a memento each. These awards were presented by Sri K.B. Koliwad, Honorable Minister for Rural Water
Supply and Rural Development Engineering Division
and Externally Aided Projects, Government of
beginning Dr. O.P. Dutta extended warm welcome to
the Chief Guest and the dignitaries. The function
was concluded with a vote of thanks from Shri. P.B.
Gaddagimath. The entire function was coordinated by
Smt. Shymla Nath, the Trustee of PNASF.
Union Minister Releases the book “Vegetable Crops
– Improvement and Production”
Rajasekharan, Honourable Union Minister of State for
Planning, Government of India released the book
entitled ‘Vegetable Crops – Improvement and
Production’ authored by Dr. Prem Nath, Dr. V.K.
Srivastava, Dr. O.P. Dutta and Dr. K.R.M. Swamy
published by the Prem Nath Agriculture Science
Foundation, Bangalore on 18th November, 2007 at the
Gandhi Krishi Vigyan Kendra (GKVK), University of
Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore during the award’s
presenting ceremony of Krishi Mela – 2007 organized
by the University.
A book “Vegetable Crops-Improvement and
Production” is being released by Shri M. V.
Rajasekharan, Hon. Union Minister of State for
Planning, Government of India during the award’s
presenting ceremony of Krishi Mela-2007 at UAS,
Addressing the gathering after release of the book,
Shri M.V. Rajasekharan, Chief Guest of the function,
appreciated the contributions made by Dr. Prem Nath
and the foundation in the field of agricultural
research and development and also in the field of
food and nutritional security and health care. The
present book “Vegetable Crops – Improvement and
Production” published by the foundation is yet
another contribution in the field of agricultural
education and extension added the minister. He
further said that this book will be of immense use
to students, teachers, and extension workers and
Speaking from the dais Dr. Prem Nath, Chairman,
PNASF, Bangalore thanked the honourable minister for
releasing the book and also thanked Dr. P.G.
Chengappa, Vice-Chancellor, and all the other
authorities of UAS, Bangalore for their kind gesture
of release of this book during the Krishi Mela
celebrations. Dr. Prem Nath also presented a set of
the books to Dr. P.G. Chengappa for the UAS Library
and selected students. Shri M.R. Sreenivas Murthy,
Principal Secretary, Finance, Government of
Karnataka and Shri A. Ramaswamy, Principal
Secretary, Agriculture and Horticulture, Government
of Karnataka, who were present on the dais also
addressed the gathering.
On behalf of Prem Nath Agriculture Science
Foundation, Dr. Prem Nath felicitated Shri M.V.
Rajasekharan, Dr. P.G. Chengappa, Shri M.R.
Sreenivas Murthy and Shri A. Ramaswamy. On behalf of
the staff members of the university, Dr. P.G.
Chengappa, Vice-Chancellor, UAS, Bangalore also
felicitated Dr. Prem Nath on the occasion.
More than 1000 people comprising of farmers,
teachers, students and media persons were present on
this occasion. In the beginning Dr. P.G. Chengappa,
delivered the welcome speech and the function was
concluded with the vote of thanks from Dr. G.
Eswarappa, Director of Extension, UAS, Bangalore.
The Prem Nath Agricultural Science Foundation,
Bangalore place on records the appreciation of the
co-operation extended by University of Agricultural
Sciences, Bangalore in providing the former an
opportunity on the platform to serve the common
cause of students and farmers. Further the PNASF is
also pleased to publish the address by Dr. Prem Nath
during the occasion in the following paragraphs.
A book entitled “Foods and
Nutrition” authored by Dr. K.G. Ahuja, Dr. Prem
Nath and Dr. K.R.M. Swamy and published by PNASF and
Studium Press, New Delhi was released by Shri S.A.
Ravindranath during the International Conference on
Horticulture (ICH-2009) was held in Bangalore,
Karnataka State, India during November 9, 2009. It
was organized by Dr. Prem Nath Agricultural Science
Foundation (PNASF), Bangalore in association with
Vegetable Science International Network (VEGINET),
Bangalore and University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS),
Bangalore in collaboration with national and
international organizations. being released by Shri
PNASF Releases the New Book- Horticulture and
The PNASF organized the Release Ceremony of the
new book, “Horticulture and Livelihood Security”
prepared by PNASF, edited by Prem Nath and P.B.
Gaddagimath and jointly published by Scientific
Publishers (India), Jodhpur and PNASF, Bangalore on
September 25, 2010 at Raj Bhawan, Bangalore. The
function was graced by Dr. Hans Raj Bhardwaj, H.E.
the Governor of Karnataka as the Chief Guest and
Shri Basavaraj S. Bommai, Minister for Medium and
Major Irrigation, Government of Karnataka and Shri
M.V. Rajasekharan, former Minister of State for
Planning, Government of India, New Delhi as the
Guests of Honor. Madam Prafulatha Bharadwaj, the
First Lady also graced the occasion. More than one
hundred lead scientists of agriculture/ horticulture
universities and research institutes and senior
Government officials of Govt. of Karnataka
participated in the release ceremony. Few of the
special invitees were: Mr. G.V. Krishna Rau,
Principal Secretary, Governors Secretariat, Mr.
Abhay Prakash, Former Additional Chief Secretary and
Development Commissioner, Dr. G. K. Veeresh, former
Vice Chancellor, UAS, Dr. G.K. Vasanth Kumar,
Additional Secretary (Food Processing), Bangalore,
Dr. P.G. Chengappa, Former Vice Chancellor, UAS,
Bangalore, Dr. S.B. Dandin, Vice Chancellor,
University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot, Dr.
Amrik S. Sidhu, Director, IIHR, Bangalore, Dr. K.
Narayana Gowda, Vice-Chancellor, UAS, Bangalore, Dr.
K.P. Vasanth Shetty, Director, Indo-American Hybrid
Seeds(India), Bangalore, Mr. V. K. Abraham,
Director, Institute of Plantation & Horticulture
Management, Bangalore, Dr. C.P.A. Iyer, former
Director, CISH Lucknow, Bangalore, Dr. P. Parvatha
Reddy, former Director, IIHR, Bangalore, Mr. Santosh
Attavar, Indo-American Hybrid Seed Co., Bangalore,
Dr. N. B. Gaddagimath, M/s Sarpan Agri Horticultural
Research Centre, Dharwad, Dr. R.B. Gaddagimath,
Gulbarga University, Dr. M. Seenappa, Dr. Rama
Prasanna, UAS, Bangalore, Mr. Sadananda Shetty,
Bangalore, Dr. B. Raju, Dean UHS, Bagalkot, Dr. M.
Mahadevappa, former Vice Chancellor, UAS(D), Dr. K.
Santhanam and others.
Addressing the distinguished and elite gathering
after release of the book, Dr. Hans Raj Bharadwaj
appealed to horticultural and agricultural
universities and research institutes involved in
research to intensify their research in
horticultural crops for higher yields and increased
nutritional values. Even though India is producing
fruits and vegetables, the production is far below
to meet the requirements of the growing population.
In the changing climatic conditions and changing
dietary pattern of the people, efforts need to be
made to popularise the advanced technologies in
optimum utilisation of water, nutrients and high
yielding cultivars, said Dr Bharadwaj and called
upon the research workers to come out with viable
and sustainable production technologies for small
and marginal farmers and the peasants. He further
appreciated the yeoman services of PNASF, Bangalore
in the field of agriculture and allied sectors and
wished all the successes in its future endeavours.
In his key note address, Dr. Prem Nath spoke of the
growing importance of horticulture in the present
and future food and its developing linkage with the
livelihood security of people particularly in rural
Shri M.V. Rajasekharan spoke that one billion people
around the world were suffering from hunger and
malnutrition whereas, about 230 million were plagued
by it in India and it was incumbent on us to take
steps to overcome this calamity by augmenting food,
nutrition and health security. Shri Basavaraj S.
Bommai highlighted the role of horticulture in food
and its contribution to employment generation and
livelihood security and said that there is an urgent
need of enhanced investment in the field of
horticulture and related sectors by government and
other stake holders and more so from the private
On this occasion the PNASF silver medal and
certificate award was presented by the Chief Guest,
H.E. the Governor of Karnataka to the co-editor of
the book, Mr. P.B. Gaddagimath and a certificate to
the co-publisher of the book M/s Scientific
Publishers (India), Jodhpur represented by Mrs.
In the beginning Dr. O.P. Dutta welcomed the Chief
Guest, the Guests of Honour and distinguished
invitees. The ceremony was concluded with the vote
of thanks by Dr. K.R.M. Swamy. Ms. Shyamla Nath, one
of the trustees of PNASF who actively participated
and pioneered the minute-to-minute programme of the
function was the Master of the Ceremony.
The Book-Release Ceremony was well covered by the
electronic media viz., television and radio and
leading newspapers from print media.
PNASF extends grateful thanks to TAC members namely,
Dr. O.P. Dutta, Dr. K.R.M. Swamy, Mr. P.B.
Gaddagimath and Dr. B.S. Prabhakar and the
secretariat staff Ms. Vanita N. Shetty and
collaborators for their dedicated efforts and
contribution in preparing the book as well as in
organizing this function successfully. The support
extended by the Board of Trustees is praiseworthy.
The trustee Ms. Shyamla Nath participated actively
and pioneered the minute-to-minute programme of the
function in the dedicated manner.
The moral strength from distance from PNASF/TAC
members abroad and dedicated efforts on the ground
by the Bangalore-based TAC members have demonstrated
the contribution of PNASF in the form of valuable
book and established the recognition of PNASF as the
premier agricultural institution.
About the Book: HORTICULTURE AND LIVELIHOOD SECURITY
Edited by: Dr. Prem Nath & Mr. P.B. Gaddagimath
ISBN: 978-81-7233-674-5, 2011, 552pp., Rs. 2450/-
This time more than 800 million people were
suffering from hunger and malnutrition, evidently
they had no access to food and now the number of
those hungry people has increased to one billion, in
spite of efforts to mitigate it. The question is how
to access the food to those who have no capacity to
have it. The farmers have worked to their capacity
within the resources available to produce food, and
now it is the turn of the governance of countries to
enhance the capacity of the people to access the
food for their livelihood. The answer is increased
employment and income generation. Thus livelihood
has different dimensions and facets, but modern life
and living, food has emerged with important
components like adequacy, nutrition and health
requirements which have been designated as food
security, nutrition security and health security.
Hence, horticulture is a serious stake holder as
described in the present publication.
RELEASE OF THE PNASF NEWS
On this occasion the Inaugural issue of the official
News-letter of PNASF; a half yearly publication '
PNASF NEWS' was released by Shri. H.K. Patil,
Honorable Minister for Agriculture, Government of
Karnataka, who highlighted the importance of this