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The ICAR National Swami Sahajanand Saraswati Outstanding Extension Scientist Award has been awarded to Dr.M.Kumaran, Principal Scientist (Agricultural Extension), ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture, Chennai for his outstanding work in the field of extension education. The award is presented to him in recognition of his pioneering extension research and education work on ‘Appraisal of evolving Litopenaeus vannamei shrimp culture systems and associated production risks for the development of Better Management Practices and their dissemination through innovative extension approaches”. In this commendable work he has assessed the technically efficiencies of Pacific white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) production systems across the country adopting innovative extension approaches. Further, he has appraised the risk factors in the production systems of shrimp farming and advocated risk management practices. The scientist has contributed for the enhancement of knowledge and skill capacities of aqua farmers and extension workers on risk management practices through sensitization cum training workshops in all the coastal states, publication of farmer friendly publications in vernacular languages, publications in the journals and technical magazines, online based farmer friendly on-farm risk assessment protocol and launching of a mobile application-Vanami Shrimpapp.