Health of Top Soil, Water Usage and Climate Change are Challenges Facing Indian Agriculture

The majority of the population of India still depends on agriculture therefore the ills plaguing Indian agriculture have to be dealt with urgently. Restoration of health of top soil, optimum use of water and climate change are the three major challenges facing the agriculture sector said Suresh Prabhu. Recalling the contribution of Dr. Swaminathan to increase production of food grains in the country, the Commerce Minister said that as a consequence of the Green Revolution, India became self-reliant in food production in about 15 years. The Minister further said that today India produces 600 MT of agricultural produce and has the capacity to export the excess production to the world. The Commerce Ministry is ready with an Agriculture Export Policy so that farmer’s income can be doubled by 2022. He further said that the various schemes introduced by the Government like Krishi Sinchai Yojana, Fasal Bima Yojana, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana, Soil Health Card, Kisan Credit Card and eNAM will make agriculture a profitable venture.

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