Agriculture research essential for food security: Tomar at G20 meet

NEW DELHI: Underlining the issues that India’s rising inhabitants may face with respect to food safety and local weather change, Union Agriculture and Farmers‘ Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar mentioned on Saturday that by 2030-31, India’s inhabitants is more likely to exceed 150 crore, for which the demand for foodgrains is estimated to be round 350 million tonnes and it may solely be addressed through agricultural research because it contributes considerably to the three elements of food safety — availability, entry and affordability.

Along with foodgrains, the demand for edible oil, milk and milk merchandise, meat, egg, fish, greens, fruits and sugar will improve considerably. In comparability, pure sources are restricted and there may be additionally the problem of local weather change.
The technique to meet the elevated demand revolves round rising productiveness and elevating the earnings of farmers, Tomar mentioned through the G-20 Agriculture Ministerial assembly organised by Italy, which is presently holding the presidency of the summit on ‘Research as a driving pressure behind sustainability’.

Tomar mentioned that agricultural research in India has performed a significant function in remodeling the nation from being a food importer to exporter, including that built-in research efforts can develop a bundle of methods and methodologies for bettering soil productiveness, water administration for storage, growth and effectivity.

An official communique quoting Tomar learn, “Technological progress is the key to solving the challenges facing mankind. Today, with an annual production of 308 million tonnes of foodgrains, India is not only in the realm of food security, but is also catering to needs of other countries.”

“India has experienced a revolution in the field of agricultural produce due to the efficient research of the scientists. The Oilseeds Technology Mission doubled the production of oilseeds in 10 years. India has made great progress in pulses production in recent times due to the introduction of new varieties in the seed system,” it added.

-IANS

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