Food Security and Food Imports: Prof M S Swaminathan
Chennai, May 30, 2016: There are reports that we will be importing fairly large quantities of wheat to meet the demand – supply gap. We have also food security legislation which provides a legal right to most citizens of the country for a certain amount of wheat, rice, jowar, bajra, etc. Obviously we cannot implement the right to food with imported food. Therefore, this year’s imports of wheat provide early warming of the need to step up our efforts in enhancing small farmers productivity and profitability. This is where the National Commission on Farmers has made recommendations for promoting a new class of farmers of the 21st Century who will help to produce enough food to meet various needs and contingencies. If India begins to go to the world market, for food imports, the international prices will go up and the consumption of the poor will suffer. On the other hand, anticipatory action can help to avoid situations like the one we see this year. Eternal vigilance is the price of stable agriculture and food security.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.