Future of agriculture looks grim, needs urgent measures, say experts

The agriculture experts in the country sound alarm bells. They want the central and state governments to think of new policies and plans. The scientists of the National Agricultural Research Institute say the greenhouse gas emissions, growing sea levels, untimely cyclones and drought-like conditions pose a threat to the agriculture sector.

The scientists foresee a drop of 12 per cent of food production in the next 20 years. The availability of irrigation water will be reduced by 20 per cent in the country.

According to a report by the institute, by 2040, the paddy production will come down by 12 per cent, wheat by nine per cent, maize by 18 per cent and potatoes and mustard by 13 per cent. The income from agriculture will also reduce by 30 per cent in the country.

The BJP in power at the Centre refuses to give Minimum Support Price (MSP) and also accord legal status to MSP. The unfavourable ruling dispensation at the centre only compounds the farmers’ problems further.

The scientists advise the central government and state governments to come up with future plans and policies to negate the greenhouse gas emissions.

By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao

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