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Updated: September 14, 2009 16:47 IST

Pawar expresses “personal grief” over Borlaug's death

Gargi Parsai
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Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman E. Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution died just before 11 p.m. Saturday Sept. 12, 2009 at his home in Dallas. File Photo: AP
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Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman E. Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution died just before 11 p.m. Saturday Sept. 12, 2009 at his home in Dallas. File Photo: AP

“In the death of Norman Borlaug, the world has lost not only an eminent agricultural scientist but also a man dedicated to the cause of humanity. Father of the Green Revolution, Norman Borlaug is credited with, what he himself described as, "a temporary success in man’s war against hunger and deprivation", Union Agriculture and Food Minister Sharad Pawar said here on Monday. Ninety-five-year-old Norman Borlaug died on Sunday in Dallas in the United States after a battle with cancer.

“Having known him since 1974, it is with a profound sense of personal grief that I mourn his passing away,” he said.

In a condolence message Mr. Pawar said: “Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and the Padma Vibhushan, Norman Borlaug’s contribution will always be remembered for the world peace he heralded through increasing food supply and saving over 245 million lives worldwide. India, amongst many other nations of the world, owes a debt of gratitude to this outstanding personality. As India moves towards the second Green Revolution, his enduring vision will be a source of inspiration and sustenance for everyone.

In Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K. Rosaiah also mourned the death of Borlaug. “Known as the father of Green Revolution, Borlaug developed disease-resistant wheat that was used to fight famine in poor countries. His contribution to agriculture science has greatly improved the food security besides achieving self sufficiency in producing cereal grains in the country.”

In his death, the world, especially the agricultural fraternity, has lost an illustrious scientist, an agronomist and a humanitarian,’’ he added.

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