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Sand Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik-The first Indian to win Italian Golden Sand Art Award

Sudarsan Pattnaik becomes the first Indian to win the Italian Golden Sand Art Award, 2019. He was felicitated at the International Scorrna Sand Nativity Fete in Italy.

Highlights

Mr Pattnaik created a 10-foot-high sand sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi along with Russian artist Pavel Minilkov. Around 8 sculptors from different countries participated in the event.

Sudarsan Pattnaik

Sudarsan Pattnaik was born in 1977 in Puri District of Odisha. He was born in a poor family. The Coastal sea paved way for him to become a sand artist though he wanted to contribute in shaping the field of education.

Sudarsan has participated in more than 60 international sand art festivals. He has so far won 27 championship prizes. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian Government in 2014.

Prizes and Awards

  • He won the People’s Choice Prize in Bulgaria in 2016
  • In 2013, he won the International Sand Sculpture Competition in Russia
  • He also won the International Sand Competition Competition, Denmark
  • In 2008, he won the World Champion Title at USF World Sand Sculpture Championship. Berlin.
  • He has created records of winning the People’s Choice Award, Germany 5 times.

GoI conducts first ever National Agro Chemicals Congress in New Delhi

The National Agro Chemical Congress was conducted for four days in New Delhi. The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare hosted the event. It was the first of its kind. It is to be conducted once in three years. The Theme of the Congress was

Theme: Country’s Status on various fronts of Agro chemicals

Recommendations of the Congress

  • It is necessary to label the pesticides indicating their mode of action
  • The status of the country should be assessed in its preparedness in invasive exigencies
  • To rethink on restrictive banning of pesticides
  • Government has to bring in a policy regarding data protection of imported pesticides
  • Empowerment of farmers through training.
  • Policy to introduce safe nano-formulations

According to the Congress, the above factors are currently absent in the country. It believes that these recommendations are essential to improve efficient use of pesticides.

Highlights of the event

  • The event outlined the importance of responsible use of agro Chemicals.
  • It also highlighted the precision technologies used to reduce wastage of applied chemicals
  • Various seminars and lectures were presented that focused on discouraging false claims about agro chemicals and tackling the spread of wrong perception among the citizens about agro chemicals.

Significance

  • The aim of the congress is to highlight the role played by chemical pesticides in pest management. It emphasized on target specific and environment friendly products
  • The Congress also focused on new concepts in human health, nanotechnology, crops, resource management, smart formulations related sciences to help to boost agricultural productivity.