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Important Agricultural Revolutions and their Fathers/Founders

List of Revolutions in India

Revolutions in India marked the beginning of a completely new era in various socio-economic fields like agriculture, petroleum etc. Most of the time these revolutions were concerned with only one particular field and through these revolutions that particular field grew exponentially by creation of multitude new opportunities and openings. As far as competitive exams are concerned, Revolutions in India are often asked in Static GK Section, hence we decided to compile the list of those revolutions and present them to you in a condensed form.

RevolutionProduct relatedFather/Person associated with
Protein RevolutionHigher Production (Technology driven 2nd Green revolution).Coined by PM Narendra Modi and FM Arun Jaitely.
Yellow RevolutionOil seed Production (Especially Mustard and Sunflower).Sam Pitroda
Black RevolutionPetroleum products.
Blue RevolutionFish ProductionDr. Arun Krishnan.
Brown RevolutionLeather / Cocoa / Non-Conventional Products.
Golden Fiber Revolution.Jute Production.
Golden RevolutionFruits / Honey Production / Horticulture DevelopmentNirpakh Tutej.
Grey RevolutionFertilizers.
Pink RevolutionOnion Production / Pharmaceuticals / Prawn Production.Durgesh Patel.
Evergreen RevolutionOverall Production of Agriculture.Started in 11th 5 year Plan.
Silver RevolutionEgg Production / Poultry ProductionIndira Gandhi.
Silver Fiber RevolutionCotton.
Red RevolutionMeat Production / Tomato Production.Vishal Tewari.
Round RevolutionPotato.
Green RevolutionFood Grains.Norman Borlong
M.S. Swaminathan.
William Goud (UK).
White Revolution (or, Operation Flood)Milk Production.Verghese Kurien.

Brief Note on Importance of Revolutions :

Protein Revolution

  • Higher Production (Technology driven 2nd Green revolution).
  • Committing a sustained growth of four per cent in the farm sector, the government announced a technology-driven second green revolution with emphasis on higher productivity and a “protein revolution”

Some important points of Protein Revolution :

  • Govt. set up of a Price Stabilisation Fund with a corpus of Rs.500 crore to help farmers deal with volatility also A Kisan TV channel will be launched for providing real-time information on new techniques, water conservation and organic farming.
  • The agri-tech fund will be used to make farming competitive and profitable, step up public and private investment, develop agro-technology and modernise existing agri-business infrastructure.
  • The fund for enhancing warehousing capacity has been enhanced to Rs. 5,000 crore, Rs.100 crore has been set aside for providing every farmer a soil health card also Rs.56 crore for mobile soil-testing laboratories.

Ever Green Revolution

  • Overall Development of Agriculture.
  • Father of Ever green revolution M.S.SWAMINATHAN.
  • Renowned as Father of Ever Green revolution in India, Swaminathan emphasized the need to improve productivity in perpetuity without associated ecological and/or social harm.

Some important points of ever green revolution :

  • Exploitive agriculture offers great dangers if carried out with only an immediate profit or production motive.
  • The emerging exploitive farming community in India should become aware of this.
  • Without arrangements for drainage in Irrigation would result in soils getting alkaline or saline.
  • Unmethodical use of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides could cause adverse changes in biological balance, which lead to an increase in the incidence of cancer and other diseases.
  • Therefore, the initiation of exploitive agriculture without a proper understanding of the various con-sequences of every one of the changes introduced into traditional agriculture, and without first building up a proper scientific and training base to sustain it, may only lead us, in the long run, into an era of agricultural disaster rather than one of agricultural prosperity.

Green Revolution

  • Green Revolution is a term, which refers to a series of research, development, and technology transfer initiatives, occurring between the 1940s and the late 1970s that increased agriculture production worldwide, particularly in the developing world beginning most markedly in the late 1960s.

Some important points about green revolution are :

  • The initiatives, led by Norman Borlaug, the “Father of the Green Revolution”
  • The main purpose was to save over a billion people from starvation.

Green Revolution in India :

  • Agriculture (Food Grains) product.
  • Father Of Green Revolution (India) : M.S.Swaminathan
  • The green revolution changed the life of about 70% population dependent on agriculture22.
  • Nearly 5-times increase in production of food grains (50 to 257 million tonnes) has resulted in a buffer stock of 55.49 million tonnes and export of more than 7.46 and 4.27 million tonnes of rice and wheat respectively in 2012.
  • The 4-fold increase in oilseed production (8 to 30 million) rescued the country from huge import of edible oil.
  • The production of fruits and vegetables has increased 3 times in last 50 years and we are the second largest producers in the world.
  • Potato revolution is not only parallel to that of wheat but also higher magnitude than of rice.

Positive Impact of Green Revolution :

  • It led to sizable increases in returns to land, so raised farmers’ incomes also stimulated the rural nonfarm economy, which in turn grew and generated new income and employment of its own.
  • The real per capita incomes of Asia almost doubled between 1970 and 1995, also poverty declined from nearly three out of every five Asians in 1975 to less than one in three by the year of 1995.
  • The absolute number of poor people fell from 1.15 billion in 1975 to 825 million in 1995 despite a 60 percent increase in population.
  • Many research studies show that much of these steady declines are attributable to agricultural growth and associated declines in food prices.


  • It contributed to better nutrition by raising incomes and reducing prices, which help people to consume more calories and a more diversified diet.
  • Mainly increases occurred in per capita consumption of vegetable oils, fruits, vegetables, and livestock products in Asia after the revolutionary part.

Negative Impact of Green Revolution :

  • It resulted in environmental degradation.
  • Increased income inequality, inequitable asset distribution, and worsened absolute poverty.
  • It stimulated a large body of empirical literature on how agricultural technological change affects poor farmers.
  • Small farmers were either unaffected or harmed because of it resulted in higher input prices, lower product prices, and efforts by landlords to increase rents or force tenants off the land.

White Revolution

  • Milk u0026amp; Dairy Products.
  • Milk Man of India: Verghese Kurien.
  • White revolution is the success story of dairy cooperative movement in the country and the Operation Flood Program launched by government of India with international cooperation. It is intended to be at the same time parallel, complementary, supplementary and corrective to the green revolution.

Some important points of white revolutions are :

  • Small and marginal farmers whose holdings were not suited to green revolution technology could be inducted into the alternative productive process of dairying.
  • Agricultural labourers who are displaced from employment by mechanization could be provided compensatory employment and income from dairying.
  • 112.5 million Tonnes in 2009-10 in India made it the highest milk producer in the world.
  • Poultry industry of India is growing at the rate of 8-10% for eggs and 15-20% for broiler owing to improved breed and modern management.

Yellow Revolution

  • Oil Seeds, Edible Oil, Especially Mustard and Sunflower.
  • Indian oilseeds production scenario from a “net importer” status in the Eighties to a near self-sufficient” status during the early Nineties has been popularly termed as the “Yellow Revolution”.

Some important points about Yellow Revolution :

  • From a mere 11 million tonnes during 1986-87, achieved record oilseeds production of 32 million tonnes during 2010-11.
  • The main contributors to this factor are- the oil seeds production technology, expansion in area under oilseed, price and market intervention support policy and the institutional support.
  • The latter experienced spectacular increase in area, yield and production, whereas the pulses remained stagnant.

Brown Revolution

  • Lather/ Cocoa / Non-Conventional Products.
  • It is happening in the tribal areas of Visakhapatnam district.
  • The tribal people are being taught and encourage growing environment-friendly and socially responsible coffee to carter the demand.

Golden Revolution

  • Fruits / Honey Production / Horticulture Development
  • Father of Golden Revolution: Nirpakh Tutej.
  • From 1991 to 2003 is termed as Golden revolution, when there was a huge increase in the production of Fruits, Honey Production and other Horticulture products.

Pink Revolution

  • Durgesh Patel is known as father of pink revolution.
  • It was launched to increase the Pharmaceutical,Onion and prawn production in India.