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Bhubaneswar : Odia scientist Swati Nayak has been selected for Norman E. Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application in 2023, for her innovative approach to adoption of climate-resilient and nutritious rice varieties and engaging farmers in demanddriven rice seed systems, reports Hemanta Pradhan.
Nayak is the South Asia lead for seed system and product management at International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). She was chosen for the award by the jury of the World Food Prize. Nayak will receive the award during the Borlaug Dialogue, scheduled on October 24 at Des Moines, Iowa, USA. President Droupadi Murmu and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik joined others in lauding and congratulating Nayak.
The scientist said she was proud to represent India at the global level. “I dedicate this award to thousands of agriculture extensionists, change agents, and scaling and innovation experts, and specifically to all young women professionals who are directly working with the farmers,” said Nayak.
During her stint in Odisha, Nayak had formulated a strategy to introduce drought-tolerant rice variety Shahabhagi Dhan in Mayurbhanj district.