Preparing for 2018 Challenges in Agriculture: Prof M S Swaminathan
January 2, 2018: Recent International Negotiations which have a bearing on the farm sector have not gone well. The World Trade Organisation is yet to develop an agreed method of incorporating food security reserves in the international trading system. Similarly, there is not much progress in climate management. A recent report says that the average temperature may go up by as much 3 to 4 per cent. This will have disastrous consequences to wheat and other crops where higher temperature will lead to reduced duration and less yeild. As pointed out by Shri Gopal Gandhi in a recent newspaper article, we should follow Mahatma Gandhi’s advice tended a century ago, that the highest priority should go to air, water and grains. Air pollution is increasing and water security is threatened due to interstate conflicts and overexploitation of aquifer. It is therefore prudent for every state to develop a strategy for managing successfully the expected 2018 challenges in farming.
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.