Thursday, February 11, 2010 / India / Economy - Call for ‘green revolution’ in India

An Indian woman in a marketplace

    • Families are doing without staples such as lentils
    • With the food crisis deepening, Pratibha Patil, India’s president, recently called for a “second green revolution” which would boost farmers’ yields and incomes with improved seeds, better water management and more scientific agronomic techniques. But many question whether New Delhi has the will for the large-scale investment and reforms that would be required.

      “This crisis has been festering for so many years,” says Ajay Jakhar, chairman of the Bharat Krishak Samaj, or Indian Farmers’ Forum. “The people managing the country today are not interested in agriculture ... so the focus is not there.”

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