Father of Hybrid Sorghum Neelamraju Ganga Prasada Rao passes away

Posted on:28 Jul 2016 18:13:15
Father of Hybrid Sorghum Neelamraju Ganga Prasada Rao passes away
28 July 2016 Current Affairs: Distinguished agricultural scientist Neelamraju Ganga Prasada (NGP) Rao, fondly referred to as the Father of Hybrid Sorghum, passed away on 27 July 2016 in Hyderabad following a brief illness. He was 89.

NGP Rao is well-known for basic and applied research in breeding and agronomy of several dryland crops.

 Neelamraju Ganga Prasada Rao : Born in Korisapadu, Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh, Rao had his early education in the Agricultural College, Bapatla.Due to his efforts, sorghum hybrids CSH1 CSH5 and CSH9 became popular and were cultivated in over 8 to 10 million hectares.

His contributions in dryland crops, particularly long staple desi cotton, pigeonpea, castor and novel cropping systems, were well recognised. Rao also held various positions such as Consultant to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Project Coordinator (Sorghum), All-India Coordinated Sorghum Improvement Project, many more.

He has around 200 research publications in national and international journals. He was awarded with the SS Bhatnagar Prize for Biological Sciences for his efforts.

Monthly Current Affairs

Current Affairs Section

Daily Current Affairs Quiz

Subscribe to Current Affairs

Enter your email to get daily current affairs

Current Affairs 2018 May

22 MAY
NEWS
21 MAY
NEWS
20 MAY
NEWS
19 MAY
NEWS

Current Affairs 2018 April

30 APRIL
NEWS
29 APRIL
NEWS
28 APRIL
NEWS
27 APRIL
NEWS

Current Affairs 2018 March

31 MARCH
NEWS
30 MARCH
NEWS
29 MARCH
NEWS
28 MARCH
NEWS