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Sunday , March 18 , 2012
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Green tips from pioneer

Ranchi, March 17: Father of Green Revolution and Rajya Sabha member M.S. Swaminathan today advocated a thrust for food security during the second JRD Tata Memorial Lecture organised at Xavier Institute of Social Service in the capital.

He urged scientists to strive hard to handle the demographic and technological changes in society.

Swaminathan focused on problems of Indian agriculture, food insecurity, quality of life of farmers and women in the rural sector in his lecture and also suggested possible solutions. He stressed on new research by bio-technologists to improve agricultural output for a better and developed nation.

Remembering his interactions with JRD Tata, the founder of the Tata group of industries in the 1970s, Swaminathan said Tata was always concerned about sustainability and had a vision of India being a pioneer in agro-based industry. The veteran scientist explaining the concept of Green Revolution and said it was productivity improved and enhanced by production.

“Land is shrinking these days. Land is not available for agriculture and resources are also limited. Climatic changes and other socio-economic factors have also taken a toll on production of food grains. This is where science and its bounties come into play. Scientists need to develop better and faster ways to improve production to sustain the nation as well as generate income for farmers,” Swaminathan added.

Highlighting another important aspect of Indian farming, Swaminathan said water security was crucial for boosting agriculture. Much of agriculture still rests on the mercy of the rain God and alternate sources of procuring water for irrigation need to be planned.

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