Economic survey calls for a second green revolution

Friday, February 25, 2011

NEW DELHI - The Economic Survey presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today underlined the need for making efforts to achieve a second green revolution in the country.

The Survey recalled that the pioneering efforts of agriculture scientists and farmers were able to achieve a breakthrough in the agriculture sector in the 1960s and there was need to achieve a second green revolution in the country now.

The food safety net for each and every of the over a billion citizens requires enhanced agriculture production and productivity in the form of a second green revolution.

The survey points out that the country is likely to achieve a more production of wheat (81.47 million tonnes), pulses (16.51 million tonnes) and cotton (33.93 million bales of 170 kg each) this year in spite of drought in some States, cyclones, unseasonal and heavy rains and cold wave and frost condition in several parts.

Stressing on the development of infrastructure support in agriculture and allied sector, the survey said that the relative weak supply responses to price hike in agriculture commodities, specially food articles in recent brings into the focus the Central question of efficient supply management and more investment in agriculture and allied sectors with the right strategies, policies and intervention. (ANI)

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