A commemorative postage stamp on the 50 Years of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (1945-95) :
Issued by India
Issued on Oct 16, 1995
Issued for : The Department of Post is happy to mark the occasion with the release of a special postage stamp on FAO.
Stamp Design : Calcutta Security Press, Kanpur
FDC Design : Shri Suuresh Kumar
Cancellation : Smt. Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Overall size : 2.90 x 3.91 cms.
Printing size : 2.54 x 3.55 cms.
Perforation : 13.5 x 13.5
Paper : Matt Chromo (Indigenous)
Number of Stamps Printed : 0.6 Million
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photo Offset
Printer : Calcutta Security Printers, Kanpur
- The Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nation‘s system is the apex International Organisation in the field of food and agriculture, founded on 16th october, 1945 at the Chateau Frontenac at Quebec (Canada) with a mandate to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, to improve agricultural productivity, and to better the conditions of rural populations.
- It also plays a major role in dealing with food and agricultural emergencies. A specific priority of the organisation is to encourage sustainable agriculture and rural development, a long-term strategy for the conservation and management of natural resources, and technical know how. On an average FAO has some 2500 field projects operating at any one time. These range from Integrated Land Management Projects to policy and planning advice for Governments in areas as diverse as forestry programmes and marketing strategies.
- India is a founding Member of the FAO and is also a Member of the FAO Council, which is its Executive Body. In India FAO assistance has been in support of development of sustainable production systems and expansion of the natural resource base covering agriculture, forestry, dairy development and fisheries.
- Today FAO is working towards diversification of agriculture with focus on rainfed agriculture which covers 70 percent of the cultivated land beset by various ecological problems, severe resource degradation and poverty.
- Future plans also aim at technical assistance to the State Governments for the reforestation activities, development of the oilseeds sub-sector, crop diversification, reduction in post-harvest losses, food processing and marketing, tuna fisheries development, and application of modern biotechnological approaches in increasing and sustaining yields in major field crops.
- Courtesy : Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture.