India on the breach of second green revolution!
Did you know that 49 percent of India’s population is associated with agriculture, but their contribution is just 15 percent in the total GDP? This definitely calls for some major modifications in the agricultural sector, as India is an agricultural country. NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya had also recently expressed his views that reforms in the agricultural sector are essential to bring a second green revolution.
India’s green revolution is the basis of its huge development in the agricultural sector. This revolution that took place around 50 years back is still fresh in the minds of Indians as it was a turning point for Indian history where India switched over to become a major and one of the leading producers of food grains in the world. Following the Green Revolution, India’s food-grain production had increased from 82 million tones (MT) in 1960-61 to 264 MT by 2013-14. In this period, the rice production increased from 34 MT to 100 MT and the wheat production increased from 11 MT to over 90 MT.
Today, 50 years later, the government has faith that a similar green revolution can greatly benefit India. Eastern India has an abundance of water, fertile lands and conditions favorable for agriculture, making it ideally suited for a green revolution.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the North East has the potential to initiate a second Green Revolution in the country. PM Narendra Modi also stated that by 2022, his wish is to double the farmers’ income. “It is challenging, but if we progress with determination, it is possible. Assam and the North East can contribute immensely in achieving this target,” he said.
In light of the growing awareness of organic farming, everyone wants to get rid of chemicals and have organic products. Addressing this, PM Modi expressed that he believes that this region has the potential to become the capital of organic farming.