The society acted de facto as the department of agriculture of India
till 1900 when there was as such no specific agricultural department
in the government machinery. It was Rev. Carey who brought extinct
species of plants and nurtured them in the garden of the society.
He also brought in Maize, Cotton, Tea, Sugar cane and Cinchona from
different countries and instilled plantation habit in different
part of the country.
was not designed only to please the agricultural scientists or horticulturists,
but to inform even the lay men of the momentous developments that the
Society bears testimony to. It has been trying over the century to capture
the spirit of the times, the passionate love for plant life. The adventures,
the joys of discovery, the sorrows of failure and then the zealous conquest
of new frontiers. It is this skein of excitement stemming from the pioneering
spirit that seems to have woven itself through the long years.
to prompt the Society today to reinvigorate itself on the eve of a new
era with new ideas and new technologies that are poised to take Indian
agriculture to realms of untold prosperity.