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The University of Agricultural Sciences-Bangalore (UAS-B) was the first State Agricultural University
(SAU) in Karnataka established in 1963 through an act of the Legislature of the then Mysore State.
The visionary leaders of the nation realized the importance of modern science and technology and
higher education as means to shore up the woefully inadequate food production in the country. In
less than a decade of the establishment of UAS-B and a few other SAUs in the country India
recorded a phenomenal jump in food production and the English language acquired a new phrase -
Green Revolution. The rest, as they say is history.
It is a matter of great pride for UAS-B to have played out its role in ushering in a quantum leap in
food production in the state through a slew of technological interventions in the 1970s and 80s. The
unbounded enthusiasm of the faculty left no stone unturned and no crop untouched – from the
traditional cereal-pulse-oilseed cropping system to viticulture, every crop got its due attention on
innovations in production technology. Several other allied sectors like horticulture, sericulture,
forestry, animal husbandry also witnessed transformational changes turning Karnataka into a model
state for agriculture, horticulture and dairy industry. This huge impact was achieved despite the fact
that more than two-thirds of the state was dependent on rain-fed agriculture.
While the university’s contributions are truly laudable, we must also not lose track of the fact that
much of this was achieved through very important but basic interventions like improved varieties,
better crop nutrition and improved agronomic practices tailored to the respective agro-climatic zones.
In other words, we had a rich harvest of the low-hanging fruits in the last century. Reaching higher in
the twenty-first century poses new challenges; of depleting natural resources like water, climate
change, stagnating yields in crops especially in pulses and oilseeds, rebound of pests and disease
and the slow pace of indigenous efforts in mechanization, to name but a few.