India’s agricultural revolution: Shaping the future through innovative farming practices

The Hindu
2024.06.02

India’s journey to food security and economic prosperity relies heavily on an improved agricultural landscape, driven by innovation and smart technologies. In the face of the climate crisis and the attendant food shortages, it is important to seek technologies that offer a buffer, precision, and accuracy, in a bid to plan for the present and the future.

With a market size of roughly $400 billion, the country is currently the world’s largest producer of pulses, milk, and spices, and second-largest producer of tea, fruits, vegetables, cotton, sugarcane, rice, sugar, and wheat, etc., per IBEF reports. What is clear is that India is a global player and major exporter of grains, spices, and other agricultural products.

However, the country is yet to fully attain the level of agricultural prosperity that will drive food security, empowerment for local farmers and communities, and overall economic development. The country is addressing challenges such as low yield per hectare for major crops, often caused by insect pests and diseases, inefficient practices, and the gradual adoption of agritech and innovation. As these issues are tackled, India’s agricultural sector is poised for even greater achievements.

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