India sits pretty on rice production
The country is headed for an all-time high production of 106 million tonnes of rice for 2013-14, 1 million tonnes higher than the previous year’s figure. Total food grain production for the country for 2013-14 is estimated to be 263 million tonnes, up from nearly 257 million tonnes in the year before.
“This will be an all-time high. Rice, closely followed by wheat, remains the number one food crop in our country,” said the Deputy Director-General (Crop Sciences), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Dr. Swapan K Datta.
He was participating in the 49 th All-India Annual Rice Group Meetings, organised by the Director-ate of Rice Research (DRR) in Hyderabad on Sunday.
“There is a great need for gradually phasing out old varieties of rice with new and improved ones. We are working overtime to encourage farmers in this regard,” he said.
Being able to sustain agricultural growth in the next decade would be a big challenge for Indian scientists and farmers, said E.A. Siddiq, honorary professor at ANGRAU.
“Going by the way our population is rising, in another decade, the country would need 20-25 million tonnes of rice over and above the existing produ-ction capacity. There is still a lot of scope for rice crop intensification,” he said.
The quest to increase production would also entail sustaining soil fertility and protecting water resources, the researchers said.
“Estimates suggest that by 2025, we would need 25 per cent more water to increase our rice production. Moreover, we also need to concentrate on sustaining the rate of soil fertility to be able to achieve our set targets,” Dr. Siddiq said.
There is a great need for gradually phasing out old varieties of rice with new and improved ones Swapan K. DattaDeputy D-G (Crop Sciences) ICAR.
By 2025, we would need 25 p.c. more water to increase rice production. We also need to sustain soil fertility E.A. Siddiqhonorary professor, ANGRAU.
The quest to further increase production would entail sustaining soil fertility and protecting water resources and let us congratulate the former of Indian country for making making India sits pretty on rice production.