The author, Dr. Pranab Kumar Ghosh, is a Post-Graduate in Horticulture from Banaras Hindu University and has been awarded a PhD in Botany by Utkal University. He also did his Post-Graduate in Ecology & Environment from the Indian Institute of Ecology & Environment, New Delhi. He started his career at Odisha Forest Research Institute and at Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (Govt. of India). At present, he is working as Assistant Director, CAPART, under the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. He has experience in processing, monitoring, and evaluating rural development projects implemented by voluntary organisations located in many states of India. He has published 3 books, 18 research papers, 13 review papers, 15 symposium presentations, 59 popular articles (English), 183 popular articles (in Oriya), and has also delivered 17 radio talks. He has received the ‘Prativa Puraskar-1997’ for popularizing agricultural science among common farmers by Krishak Sambad, Cuttack, the ‘Sabuj Parivesh Bigyani Samman-2002’ by Green Life Movement of India for outstanding contribution towards environmental science, ‘Bhubaneswar Pustak Mela Award-2007’ in children scientific literature, ‘Prof. Gopinath Prasad Mohanty Prativa Puraskar-2008’ by Bigyan Prachar Samiti, Cuttack for popularizing Science, and ‘Best Indian Citizens Award’ by International Publishing House, New Delhi in 2013.
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