Agriculture in India is the pivotal sector for ensuring food and nutritional security, sustainable development and for alleviation of poverty. It is the key sector for generating employment opportunities for the vast majority of the population. Since quite some time, agriculture sector, as a whole, has been confronted with numerous challenges linked to food and energy crisis coupled with climate change and degradation of natural resources. This sector also influences essential ecosystem services such as water and carbon sequestration. - VISION 2030 (Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi).

Facts about Agriculture in India
  India has the largest area in the world under pulse crops.
  India is the first in the world to evolve a cotton hybrid.
  India has the world's highest percentage of arable land to the total geographical area, in the world.
  About 50% of India's geographical area is used for agricultural activity. With the spread of irrigation facilities, the introduction of high yielding variety of seeds and farm mechanization, the vulnerability of the Indian agricultural sector to the vagaries of the monsoons has declined, compared to earlier.
  About 80 percent of India's farmland is used to grow India's main foods--grains and pulses, the seeds of various pod vegetables, such as beans, chickpeas, and pigeon peas.
  India has the world's largest cattle and buffalo population. These animals are not butchered for meat, but farmers keep cattle and water buffaloes for plowing and for milk. Most commercial milk production comes from water buffaloes. Hides from cattle and water buffaloes are used for leather after the animals have died. Sheep are raised mostly for wool and sheepskin.
  Dairy accounts for nearly 26% of the total value of agricultural output. India has the world's second highest production of milk. India possesses 26 good breeds of cattle and six breeds of buffaloes. India's cattle is renowned the world over for its quality of endurance and resistance to tropical diseases.
  India grows more than half of the world's mangoes and leads all countries in the production of cashews, millets, peanuts, pulses, sesame seeds, and tea.
  The nation ranks second in the production of cauliflowers, jute, onions, rice, sorghum, and sugar cane.
  India is a major producer of apples, bananas, coconuts, coffee, cotton, eggplants, oranges, potatoes, rapeseeds, rubber, tobacco, and wheat.
  India is also the world's largest grower of betel nuts, which are palm nuts chewed as a stimulant by many people in tropical Asia. It is also a leading producer of such spices as cardamom, ginger, pepper, and turmeric.
  In terms of gross fertilizer consumption, India ranks fourth in the world, after the USA, the erstwhile USSR and China.
  India lives mainly in its villages, 600,000 of them
  Agriculture provides livelihood to about 65% of India's labour force.
  Agriculture contributes nearly 33% to India's Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
  Agriculture accounts for about 10% of India's exports.
  The farmers and their families use most of their crops. Half of all Indian farms are less than 2.5 acres (1 hectare) in area. Only 4 percent cover more than 25 acres (10 hectares). About two-thirds of the farmers in India own their own land. Most of their farms become smaller and smaller with each generation because of inheritance customs.

Agriculture is the dominant sector of Indian economy, which determines the growth and sustainability. About 65% of the population still relies on agriculture for employment and livelihood. Indian agriculture however, has milestones. The green revolution transformed India from a food deficient stage to a surplus food market. In a span of 3 decades, India became a net exporter of food grains. Remarkable results were achieved in the fields of dairying and oil seeds through white and yellow revolutions. The sector could not however maintain its growth momentum in the post green revolution years, the strategic growth in agriculture and the accelerated growth in industry reversed the structure of national GDP in Indian economy.

Despite these major structural transformations, the agriculture sector continues to accommodate the major share of the workforce. The sector is prone to output fluctuations even after establishing better input facilities and technology like irrigation, high yielding seeds, changes in cropping pattern etc. Today the attention has been shifting to high-value crops from traditional crops. This is expected to enable a desired transition in Indian Agriculture from stagnation to a growth path. The competitive advantages that Indian agriculture possesses are (a) Favourable agro-climatic zones (b) Large irrigated lands (c) Gap between present productivity and potential productivity and (d) Availability of skilled, educated, technical and scientific manpower. To leverage the global competitive advantage, Indian agriculture needs intervention in the areas of policy, technology and market access.

The Agricultural Excellence Awards aim at felicitating organizations and individuals for their contributions to the industry and academia by innovating for increased efficiency, affordability and improved performance of agriculture at large. The awards are a definitive recognition for contribution to agriculture over the years.
  Award enables the winner to reach out to society with renewed confidence by leveraging on the immense marketing and PR value of the award.
  The award ceremony will be covered by leading newspapers and TV channels.
  The winner will be on a new high, a fast-track route to recognition of commitment to excellence.
  The winner will enjoy publicity that will establish reputation as a proven provider of exemplary levels of services.
 The winner will be able to use the award certificate in all brochures, leaflets, advertisements, websites and promotional collaterals.


Nominations may be submitted on-line to the Indus Foundation at by individuals, institutions, or organizations, specifying the award(s) applied for and for whom. Self-nominations are also permitted. Nominations should be accompanied by the Nomination form along with the following materials (soft copy) in order for the nominations to be considered by the jury.

INSTITUTIONS & ORGANIZATIONS: Nomination (not more than four A4 pages) describing the nominee’s salient features and achievements for the specific award.

INDIVIDUALS: The nominee’s qualifications, achievements and resume (not more than four A4 pages).

Experts of the INDUS FOUNDATION will review each nomination thoroughly and shortlist suitable nominations to be considered for selection. The experts have broad discretion and may re-assign a nominee to an Award other than the one nominated for. Upon selection by the Awards jury, award winners will be informed by e-mail in about a month. The decision of the Awards jury will be final and binding.

Nominations received without the Sponsorship contribution will not be considered. In case, nomination is not accepted, the Sponsorship contribution will be refunded.
There is no prescribed pro-forma for nominations. INDUS FOUNDATION reserves the right to select awardees.
Terms and Conditions
  Sponsorship contribution payable for nomination of an award is: Individual-INR 10,000; Institution / Organization-INR 15,000.
  Nominations can be made for more than one award, but Sponsorship contribution has to be paid for each award.
  Award winners are allowed to attend the entire program on December 9, 2018. In case, award winner is unable to attend the program, the award will be couriered on “to pay” basis.
  In case, nominee is not selected for award, Sponsorship contribution will be refunded.

  • Eminent Agricultural Scientist Award

    To recognize the outstanding achievements of scientists, who might have provided a major breakthrough in the field of agriculture through a new insight that has created high potential value for the future transformation of the Agricultural sector, this award has been instituted. Nominations for the awards are invited from scientists of any discipline of agricultural and allied sciences, whose research work has displayed a rare quality of original thinking and path-breaking output.

  • Agriculture Technology Award

    This award is meant for scientists who find a solution for any immediate or long-standing problem, or limitation in agriculture, which is coming in the way of agricultural development and/ or enhancing productivity in any major agricultural, horticultural or animal/fish product. The scientist must have developed unique technology, product, or process during the past one year.

  • Outstanding Institution Award

    This award recognizes outstanding performance by agricultural research institutes, central and state agricultural universities, agriculture departments of universities, and NGOs involved in Agriculture.

  • Award for P.G. Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Agricultural and Allied Sciences

    This award is meant for promoting high quality doctoral thesis research in priority/frontier areas of agriculture and allied sciences. The award will be given to those with outstanding original research work in agriculture and allied sciences. This award is meant exclusively for the doctoral thesis related to agricultural sciences from Indian Universities. The Ph.D. degree/provisional degree for this award must have been awarded during the past two years. Applicant must have evidence of publication of his/ her work published in at least one good research paper in a reputed journal from the research work done for the Ph.D. thesis.

  • Outstanding Woman Scientist Award

    All women scientists engaged in research in agricultural and allied subjects /extension in a recognized institutions are eligible for this award. The awards are exclusively meant for individual women scientists.

  • Innovative Farmer Award

    These awards are given in order to recognize the outstanding contributions of innovative farmers for initiatives in development adoption, modification and dissemination of improved technology and practices for increased income with sustainability.

  • Award for Diversified Agriculture

    These awards recognize outstanding contribution of innovative farmers for diversified agriculture.

  • Award for Excellence in Journalism

    These awards recognize the outstanding contribution in Journalism in the field of Agricultural Research & Development in the country. Awards will be in two categories of print and electronic media. The contribution made by the journalists would be judged through articles/success stories in Hindi/English News Papers / Magazines /Journals / Electronic Media in India during the preceding two years.

  • Award for Outstanding Teachers

    These awards recognize outstanding teachers. They are meant to promote quality teaching in the field of Agriculture in any institution in India.

  • Awards for Authors of Technical Books

    These awards recognize authors of original technical books in agriculture and allied sciences & incentivize Indian writers to write original standard works in agricultural and allied sciences. The award is meant for individuals as well as teams of authors. The author/editor must have had a substantial and active involvement in the relevant field of agriculture and allied sciences. The publication must be free from any infringement of copy rights. The publication must have been written and published during preceding two years of the award.

  • Outstanding Young Scientist Award

    These awards recognize talented young scientists who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their research programmes. All young scientists who possess a doctoral degree and are below forty years of age and hold a regular teaching, research, extension education job and engaged in research in agricultural and allied sciences for at least five years continuously are eligible for consideration.

  • Award for Outstanding Research in Agricultural Sciences

    In order to recognize outstanding research in agricultural and allied sciences, these awards are given to agricultural scientists for outstanding contribution in any field. All Indian scientists engaged in agricultural research and overseas Indian scientists working in the areas relevant to Indian agriculture are eligible for these awards.

  • Award for Innovation and Research on Farm Implements

    In order to reduce drudgery of farm women by development of farm implements and to encourage researchers and innovators to develop farm implements for farm women, these awards have been instituted. The award is annual in nature. All Scientists/Engineers/ Innovators engaged in research in agricultural farm implements are eligible.

  • Award for Academic Excellence to Students

    These awards recognize students who have outstanding academic track record in agriculture programmes at the following levels: undergraduate, post-graduate, and Ph.D. The awards will be given to students designated by an institution as attaining the highest grade point average or marks at post secondary level. Heads of institutions or heads of departments should submit the nominations.

  • Award for Best Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK)

    Award for Best KVK will be given to those KVKs that had done outstanding work in the following activities during the past one year: Organizing vocational training programmes; Providing soil, plant and water testing laboratory facilitates; Setting up of demonstration units; Production of quality seeds, planting materials and bio-control agents; Providing advisory and consultancy services; Conducting need based training programmes. Nominations have to be made by the concerned heads of State Agricultural Universities, Central Agricultural University, ICAR Institutes, NGOs, State Governments, and other educational institutions under whom KVKs are functioning.

  • Awards for Best Indian Farmers

    Awards for Farmers will recognize purposeful contributions made by individuals in the field of agriculture. These awards help to highlight best practices in agriculture for larger community benefit. The criteria for the awards would be: 1) Measurable Productivity Enhancement; 2) Use of Innovative Farming Technology; 3) Sustainability; 4) Scalability

  • Awards for Outstanding Indian Institutions

    These awards will recognize significant contributions made by universities, organizations, and NGOs in agriculture for larger community benefit. The criteria for the awards would be: 1) Measurable Productivity Enhancement; 2) Use of Innovative Technology; 3) Reduction in costs; 4) Sustainability; 5) Scalability.