A commemorative postage stamp on the 60th anniversary of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), an autonomous body co-ordinating agricultural education and research under the Department of Agricultural Research & Education, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India :
Issued by India
Issued on Jul 31, 1990
Description of Designs : The postage stamp, first day cover and the cancellation are based on the designs provided by Publication and Information division of ICAR.
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multicolour
Denomination : 200 Paise
Overall size : 4.06 x 2.41 cms.
Printing size : 3.70 x 2.05 cms.
Perforation : 14 x 14
Paper : Indigenous un W/M Gravure Coated stamp paper
Number printed : 15,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 45
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printed : India Security Press
- The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is an autonomous apex body responsible for the organisation and management of research and education in the fields of agriculture, animal sciences and fisheries in India. It was set up in 1929 on the recommendation of the Royal Commission of Agriculture.
- During the Past 60 years the council has developed a very strong infrastructure for agricultural research and education comprising 41 research institutes, 4 national bureaux, 1 national academy of agricultural research management, 25 national research centres, 9 project directorates, 69 All-India Co-ordinated Research Projects, and has also fostered the growth of 26 agricultural universities.
- Through the research efforts of the Council, India has achieved self-sufficiency in food production. As pointed out by the Rockefeller Foundation, “the speed with which India’s farmers and scientists have given their country an approach to abundant food supply has not been duplicated anywhere in the world including the United States”.
- For providing India with a highly effective scientific agricultural research system, the ICAR was awarded the King Baudouin International Development Prize of 4 million Belgian Francs in 1988.
- India’s phenomenal progress on food front is characterised by many landmarks. ‘Green Revolution’ was brought about by the high-yielding crop varieties in the early sixties. ‘Blue’ and ‘White’ Revolutions with manifold increase in fish and milk production followed. The country is now on the threshold of yet another revolution, popularly called ‘Yellow Revolution’, which will usher self-sufficiency in the production of oilseeds and edible oil.
- With a high degree of scientific capability, the ICAR is currently engaged in evolving an efficient and sustainable nutritional food-security system to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
- Text Courtesy : ICAR.