Dr MS Rao


  • Former Head & Principal Scientist of ICAR – Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Government of India.
  • 30 years of comprehensive experience in Project Management and Sustainable Agriculture, Campaigner for Sustainable Agriculture, Former Task Force Committee member of Department of Science and Technology & Department of Bio Technology, Govt of India.
  • Former Consultant of FAO for promoting the use of bio pesticides in organic farming in Karnataka State
  • INSA-Visiting scientist Royal Society of London, UK (1995)
  • Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences

  • Awards and Recognitions

  • DST-FICCI Award - Selected among the top 10 innovators in India. His technology has been selected for commercialization by IC2 Institute of Texas University, Austin, USA under DST- Lockheed Martin Innovative Program and Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi.
  • Received Dr. Vijyalakshmi Mojunder Memorial Award from ICAR-IARI

  • Member in National Bodies

  • Former Member of Task Force Committee, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology
  • Former Member of Task Force Committee, Department of Science and Technology ,Ministry of Science and Technology

  • Patents

  • He was granted seven International and one National Patent on Bio Pesticides

  • Education

  • Ph.D. in Agriculture Nematology – Indian Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi
  • Masters in Agriculture Nematology -Indian Agriculture Research Institute New Delhi
  • Graduation in B. Sc (Ag) from Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University

  • Contribution to Nation

  • He was instrumental in transferring Bio Pesticide technologies to 620 industry licensees in India. These industries are producing more than 800 crores Bio Pesticides per year in India, which is used in millions of hectares.