A cabinet sub- committee under CM and a co-ordination committee under chief secretary
Think Globally ! Act locally!!
The balance between food & non food crops has to be maintained.
Alternate food sources than the conventional ones need to be explored.
Max. area to be brought under food production. Fallows, Homesteads etc.
Green energy systems should be encouraged
Organic farming system needs to be developed with proper documentation.
Organic Farming - Can it really help??
System utilizes the natural resources & puts the natural system in place.
In Indonesia, paddy production steadily increased despite the removal of distorting subsidy in 1986 that reduced national pesticide use by more than 50 percent.
India’s first Agriculture minister KM Munshi told the State Directors of Agricultural extension:
‘ Study the life’s cycle in the village under your charge in both its aspects - hydrological and nutritional. Find out where the cycle has been disturbed and estimate the steps necessary for restoring it. Workout the village in four aspects,
steps necessary to complete the hydrological cycle,
steps necessary to complete the nutritional cycle, and a complete picture of the village when the cycle is restored and
have faith in yourself and the programme. Nothing is too mean and nothing is too difficult for the man who believes that the restoration of the life’s cycle is not only essential for freedom and happiness of India but is essential for her very existence. (1951)
‘ The first lesson we must learn is of self-help and self reliance. If we assimilate this lesson, we shall at once free ourselves from disastrous dependence upon foreign countries and ultimate bankruptcy. This is not said in arrogance, but as a matter of fact. We are not a small place, dependent for this food supply upon outside help. We are a sub-continent, a nation of nearly 400 millions. We are a country of mighty rivers and a rich variety of agricultural land, with inexhaustible cattle-wealth. That our cattle gives much less milk than we need, is entirely our own fault. Our cattle wealth is any day capable of giving us all the milk we need. Our country, if it had not been neglected during the past few centuries, should not today only be providing herself with sufficient food, but also be playing a useful role in supplying the outside world with much needed foodstuffs which the late war has unfortunately left practically the whole world in want. This does not exclude India.’ (MK Gandhi, Food shortage and Agriculture, Ahmedbad: Navjivan Publishing House 1949, p.47)
What can the Government do?
Dryland Agriculture – with neo-traditional farming system
Self sufficient farms
Change the food culture – Eat local
Natural resources – precious. Conserve them.
Farm management agencies
Bring in a shift in Food – Non food crop – policy
What can we do?
Do our bit of Farming – Urban Horticulture
Create Awareness – future generation
Stop living on overdraft from the future generation’s resources.