The sixth prestigious M.S. Swaminathan Award for contribution in the field of agriculture given to R.R. Hanchinal, Chairperson of Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights Authority, the government of India.
He received the award for his contributions and sustained support to the areas of crop improvement for hot and very hot dry environments, seed production technology and intellectual protection rights in plant varieties.
The award is instituted and given under the patronage of Retired ICAR Employees Association (RICAREA) in association with the Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd (NSL).
It was presented by C. Parthasarathy, Secretary, Agriculture and Cooperation, Government of Telangana, and M. Prabhakar Rao, the NSL CMD.
The Swaminathan award, conferred biennially on eminent Indian scientists who worked on Indian agriculture and allied sectors, carries a cash prize of Rs. 2 lakh, a medal and citation.