Dr Gurdev Singh Khush,an eminent scientist and alumnus of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU),has been conferred “Krishi Shiromani Samman” during the Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards 2012,for his outstanding contribution to the field of agriculture.
Dr Khush has developed more than 200 varieties of rice. More than 60 per cent of the world’s rice fields are planted with the varieties developed under his leadership.
A plant breeder and geneticist at International Rice Research Institute (IRRI),Philippines,Dr Khush has visited more than 60 rice-growing countries and has been a consultant in rice improvement programmes. He has received numerous awards and honours.