New Delhi, 31 December, 2010
Ecosystem based production will have to be the order of the day. The programmes and policies must be realigned. Subsidy, services and incentives should be used as instruments of this positive change’, recommends the strategic document entitled ‘State of Indian Agriculture-The Indo-Gangetic Plain’ released here today.
A publication of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi, an apex think-tank of the country on Indian agriculture, emphasizes the importance of the Indo-Gangetic Plains (IGP) in sustaining food and livelihood security of the country and reminds that on per unit land, population pressure in India is about 5 times more than the world average, and in the country, it is highest in the IGP. Document is a compilation of in-depth studies and analysis by the distinguished experts of the country.
In all, document proposes 24 recommendations with specific action points on western IGP and eastern IGP. Some selected recommendations are as follows:
- As a strategy, incentives be provided to promote diversified agro-industries based on local agricultural production.
- For sustainably enhanced total production, align, integrate, and harmonise the crop & livestock production, processing, storage, transportation, marketing & trade policies and practices.
- Promote conservation agriculture and reorient research on natural resource management, varietal improvement, plant protection, agronomic packages and livestock integration and management.
- Prepare for precision agriculture. Generate technologies, develop appropriate human resources and logistics for future.
Looking to the gravity of the situation, I hope that this publication would culminate into an efficient, effective and relevant action by both state and central governments. The Academy would be available for any further clarification or academic assistance’, noted Dr. Mangla Rai, President, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India
Earlier, Dr. S.Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research highlighted the important role of the NAAS in bringing out such significant policy documents and discussed the importance of IGP in Indian agriculture.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project of Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA)