Make in India for Agriculture: Prof M S Swaminathan
Chennai, February 15, 2016: We are currently in the midst of Make in India week (13-18 February 2016) This is a welcome revival of the Swadeshi Approach of Mahatma Gandhi of which the Charka and Khadi became the most powerful symbols. Among other areas, one activity which deserves urgent and intensive attention is the increase in the production of pulses. There is a gap of over 10 million tonnes between demand and supply in the case of pulses and protein hunger is increasing. Therefore, a strategy for achieving a Pulses Revolution under the Make in India programme is urgently needed. India is the home of most of the pulse crops and we are also the greatest producer, consumer and importer of pulses. Pulses are coming to our country from developing nations which have had no particular tradition of growing pulses. The strategies for increasing pulses include the formation of Pulses Panchayats and the introduction of pulse crops in the farming system for nutrition programme designed to marry agriculture and nutrition. Fortunately 2016 is also the International Year of Pulses. Hence these soil enriching, climate resilient, and nutrition enhancing crops should lead the way in the programmes for Make in India in Agriculture.
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.