Good Weather Codes for a good monsoon: Prof M S Swaminathan
Chennai, August 22, 2016: Media reports predict a 6% agricultural growth because of good monsoon. It is therefore time to formulate and implement a Good Weather Code which can help us to maximise the benefits of a good monsoon. An important component of the Code is greater attention to safe storage, processing, value addition and remunerative marketing. It is important that every farm has a safe storage facility like a moisture-proof bin and every ecosystem a silo. There is also need for a national grid of modern storage structures which can each store about a million tonnes of grains. Such a decentralised network of grain banks will help us to both minimise transport cost and implement the provisions of the National Food Security Act in an effective manner. This will be the pathway for a hunger-free India.
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.