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Enough production to solve food security problem: Pawar

Enough production to solve food security problem: Pawar
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First Published: Thu, Oct 16 2008. 01 55 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Oct 16 2008. 01 55 PM IST
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New Delhi: The government today said that the problem of food security can be solved with sufficient foodgrain production in a sustainable manner and equitable distribution among the people.
“The solution of the problem of food security lies in producing enough in a sustainable manner and ensuring its equitable distribution,” Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said in his speech at a function here, organised on the occasion of World Food Day.
Pawar’s speech was read by Director General of Indian Council of Agricultural Research Mangala Rai in his absence.
He said there was a need for increasing investments in rural infrastructure and agricultural research, besides transfering new technology to farmers to enable them cope with the challenges of climate change.
“There is an urgent need to enhance investment in research in public sector and making research products easily available to the farmers,” Pawar said in his speech.
The minister also said over a period of time, India has taken several measures starting from Green Revolution to White Revolution, setting up a network of agricultural research institutions, price support mechanism for farm products and well functioning public distribution system.
These measures have helped the country to increase agricultural output and food security, he said and added “Our experience in India gives us confidence that the challenges of food security can be met.”
Pawar also said the increase in food prices in India is moderate compared with the global price rise during the past year.
Meanwhile, Rai said the rice and wheat prices increased by 189% and 90%, respectively in the global market in past one year, while in India the rise was only 9.4%.
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First Published: Thu, Oct 16 2008. 01 55 PM IST