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Agricultural research essential for food security: Tomar meets the G20 | India News


NEW DELHI: Highlighting the challenges that India’s growing population may face in terms of food security and climate change, Union Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said said on Saturday that by 2030-31 India’s population is expected to exceed 150 crore, for which the demand for food grains is estimated to be around 350 million tons and it could only be met by agricultural research as it contributes significantly the three aspects of food security – availability, access and affordability.
Besides food grains, the demand for edible oil, milk and dairy products, meat, eggs, fish, vegetables, fruits and sugar will increase dramatically. In comparison, natural resources are limited and there is also the challenge of climate change.
The strategy to meet the increased demand centers around increasing productivity and increasing farmers’ incomes, Tomar said at the G-20 agriculture ministerial meeting hosted by Italy, which is currently chairing the summit on ‘Research as a driver of sustainability’.
Tomar said agricultural research in India has played a major role in transforming the country from food importer to exporter, adding that integrated research efforts can develop a set of techniques and methodologies to improve soil productivity. , water management for storage, expansion and efficiency. .
An official statement quoting Tomar said: “Technological progress is the key to solving the challenges facing humanity. Today, with an annual production of 308 million tonnes of food grains, India is not just in the area of ​​food security, but also responds to the needs of other countries. ”
“India has experienced a revolution in agricultural products due to effective research by scientists. The Oilseed Technology Mission has doubled oilseed production in 10 years. India has made great strides in legume production lately due to the introduction of new varieties into the seed system, ”he added.