Increasing Productivity – Ensuring Food Security
- In a country which has the majority of its population engaged in the occupation of agriculture – we still don’t produce enough to feed our population.
- The country’s average farm productivity which stood around 2 tonnes per hectare is lower than the global average was about 2.6 tonnes.
- The last breakthrough in agriculture happened four decades ago, where the green revolution helped in significantly improving the yields.
- Today, the increase in farming productivity is no longer needed just to increase the economic security of the farmer but it’s become pertinent to address the grave Malthus-ian concern of food security for the country.
- The objective of this brief is to understand how could we increase the poor agricultural productivity of India. The strategy we have seen to be the lynchpin of success has been bridging the divide between research and farm.