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SRINAGAR: A young agriculture scientist from South Kashmir has been awarded National Citizenship Gold Medal for his outstanding research on rice.  Showkat Ahmed hails from Wachi area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district. He studied post doctorate at University of Connecticut in United States of America. Showkat conducted extensive research of rice and his research performance has helped him to bag gold medal. He was awarded this gold medal by Global Economic Progress & Research Association (GEPRA) at Bengaluru India.

“It was a great moment for me and I will cherish this for times to come. Youth in Kashmir are talented and they possess potential. They need a bit of exposure to deliver goods,” Showkat Ahmed told CNS adding that he will continue his research work in agriculture field.