In a condolence message on Twitter, President Ram Nath Kovind said, “Prof Radha Mohan was as inspiring an economist as an environmentalist. A profound scholar, he turned to organic farming to enrich nature and humanity. His demise will leave a void. My condolences to his family and followers.”
In a tweet, PM Modi said, "Prof Radha Mohan Ji was deeply passionate about agriculture, especially adopting sustainable and organic practices. He was also respected for his knowledge on subjects relating to the economy and ecology. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti."
An educationist by profession and an ecologist by passion, Prof Radhamohan was quite well known for his pioneering works on organic farming in Odisha.
Born on January 30, 1943, at Rangani Patna village in the ex-princely State of Nayagarh, Radha Mohan started his career as an academician. He taught Economics in different Government colleges in the State. He retired as Principal, SCS College (Autonomous), Puri, in January 2001.
He also served as State Information Commissioner and Member of State Planning Board.
The educationist turned environmentalist had set up a social organisation-‘Samvab’ aiming at educating farmers regarding organic farming and exchange of seeds.
Prof. Radha Mohan and his daughter Sabarmatee were conferred with India's fourth highest civilian honour - the Padma Shri - for their work in agriculture last year.
The father-daughter duo had sown the seed of organic farming in a small patch of land in Nayagarh district, which has now become a huge tree spreading its roots deep as a state wide movement.
Apart from organic farming they have made phenomenal work in conservation of forests, water and soil harvesting and collection of more than 800 varieties of indigenous seeds.