Sudhakar Tomar holds high level meetings with the Indian leadership on issues of Indian Agriculture , Food Security and reducing Malnutrition.

Sudhakar Tomar holds high level meetings with the Indian leadership on issues of Indian Agriculture , Food Security and reducing Malnutrition.
7th March 2016, New Delhi, India . Sudhakar Tomar, Managing Director of Hakan Agro DMCC , in a post budget follow up held high level talks with Honorable Ministers Mr. Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister for Agriculture , Mr. Manohar Parikkar, Union Minister for Defence, General V.K.Singh, Union Minister of Sate for External Affairs on the issues of Indian Agriculture, Food Security and Malnutrition. Mr. Tomar lauded the recent pro-agriculture budget of Government of India as a revolutionary step which will help alleviate the plight of 68% of the Indian population dependent in Agriculture.
Commenting on the Indian agriculture situation Mr Tomar elaborated “ India is blessed with 270 days of sunshine a year, annual rainfall of 900 mm , diverse agro-climatic conditions giving three crops a year , extraordinary biodiversity, over 7,000 kilometers of coastline, hundreds of rivers crisscrossing the country and over 1.2 billion progress loving people. In other words, the country has all the resources to become totally self-sufficient in food and generate export surplus in agricultural crops and value added products for export markets. Yet agricultural growth rates have been tardy in the last 15 years. The situation is exacerbated by widening demand-supply mismatch in a number of crops and the old policies of keeping the farmer poor and uneducated so that he does not develop the capacity to think what is good for him in the long term . Growing incomes resulting in escalating food demand, demographic pressure and rising aspirations of people are growth drivers, but the agriculture policy environment till now was far from conducive. India may not be food insecure today, but going forward, there are four challenges – land constraints, water shortage , malnutrition and climate change – that can potentially hurt farm sector prospects. Indeed, robust GDP growth rate is contingent upon robust performance of the farm sector or agri GDP. Agriculture is critical because it provides subsistence for over 50 percent of the workforce although its contribution to GDP is a mere 14-15 percent. Unproductive agriculture is an unsustainable burden on national economy.
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