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Sustainable Agriculture in India

Since the beginning of civilizations agriculture farming is one sector that impacts and in turn is impacted the most by environment. Hence sustainability of the human race in India and this world depends a lot on the environmental friendliness of our agriculture.

India is facing a food crisis thanks to the systematic uninterrupted destruction of agriculture land and food production systems over the last five decades through uncontrolled use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides, mono-cropping and other intensive agricultural practices. Instead of looking at the real problem the Indian government is favouring false solutions like genetically engineered (GE) food crops.

The Indian government’s policies have always emphasized food grain self-sufficiency, which has not necessarily coincided with agricultural sustainability. The growth of agricultural production and productivity, which had risen significantly during 1970s and 1980s, declined during 1990s. These slowdowns have worsened since 2000; both overall agricultural production and food grains production have shown negative growth rates in 2000-01 to 2002-03 periods (GoI, 2002). Decline in the growth rates of agricultural production and productivity is a serious issue considering the questions of food security, livelihood, and environment. As such, a critical examination of the approaches for sustainable agricultural development is necessary. This examination must be framed not only by India’s ongoing need to ensure food self-sufficiency but also by the consequences of access to international markets.

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