In a series of tweets in Odia, Pradhan said, “I am saddened to hear the news of the death of Padma Shri Prof. Radha Mohan. His commitment to environmental protection, especially through organic farming, will always be remembered.”
“Condolences to the bereaved families; May the departed soul rest in peace,” he added.
Prof. Radha Mohan passed away while undergoing treatment at a private hospital here in Odisha in the wee hours of today. He was 78.
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.