0549 GMT March 19, 2019
They added that “we should not wait for anyone to come from the US to announce this (second green revolution) but should go by the records of our food production in the recent years to acknowledge it.”
According to indianexpress.com, the remarks came during a session titled ‘Plenary on the achievement of agricultural researches in India’.
“We divided the past 68 years since 1950 to 2017 into four phases, including pre-green revolution, green revolution and then two more phases after green revolution as for as cereal production is concerned.
In wheat production, there was an increase of 40kg per hectare from pre-green revolution to green revolution in the late 1960s and in later two phases this has increased by 36 percent per hectare from the production during the green revolution,” said Dr. O P Yadav, director of Central Arid Zone Research Institute.
Experts said this increase has happened even in rain-fed zones where there is no other mean of irrigation and it is the result of better farm practices and technology.
Dr. Ashok K Patra, director of Indian Institute of Soil Science, said India had increased its food production manifold despite the fact that soil quality of India was not good due to its low nitrogen level.
“We have been growing 300 million tons of food grains every year and which is a big achievement for country like India, which used to be highly insufficient in food production,” he said.
“We take 95 percent of our food from soil only and soil, which takes 500 to 1000 years to make a good soil, is nonrenewal. So it is very important for everyone to preserve the natural quality of the soil by not putting large amount of fertilizers, pesticides, plastics in it,” he said.