India needs to usher in Green Revolution 2.0 to promote less water-intensive crops

Oil & Fats
Innovation & Technology
Published Feb 23, 2024

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The Global Trade Research Initiative (GTRI) has recommended that India should encourage the cultivation of less water-intensive crops like pulses and oil seeds, and discourage free power for agriculture. The GTRI suggests increasing farmer awareness about water-saving technologies and introducing water pricing to prevent overuse. The current minimum support price (MSP) and free electricity schemes make water-intensive crops like paddy more competitive, leading to water overuse. Despite some discriminatory provisions, GTRI believes India's withdrawal from the World Trade Organization is not feasible. Meanwhile, India is pushing for a permanent solution to continue the MSP program under strict conditions, a key discussion point at the upcoming World Trade Organization's 13th ministerial conference in Abu Dhabi.
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India needs to usher in Green Revolution 2.0 with a view to promote farming of less water-intensive crops such as pulses and oil seeds and discourage free power for the agri sector, economic think tank GTRI said on Thursday. There is a need to promote less water-intensive crops like pulses, oil seeds, and vegetables that can significantly reduce water demand and the government can guarantee MSP (minimum support price) on these crops, the Global Trade Research Initiative (GTRI) report said. . It said that awareness among farmers should be increased about adopting water-saving technologies such as drip irrigation, laser land leveling, training on water-efficient techniques and precision agriculture to improve water use efficiency. It also suggested ending free electricity for agriculture and introducing water pricing mechanisms that can discourage overuse and encourage conservation, besides educating farmers about the long-term consequences of unsustainable practices. These ...
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