Organic farming in India: A success story
Mar 26: When we talk about the Indian agriculture industry, there is a belief that growth can only equal crisis. The Green Revolution brought about a technological breakthrough, leading to short duration high yielding varieties and chemical fertilizers and pesticides but critics blame it for lacking vision.
Could they have predicted the consequences?
Recently, the Malwa region in Punjab was dubbed as the ‘cancer belt’ of India. The unusually high incidence of cancer cases has been linked to the excessive use of pesticides by cotton farmers. In its fifth National Report on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought published in 2015, the government has conceded that land degradation is a major environmental concern for the country. It reveals that one-third of India’s soil is degraded while 25 percent land is facing desertification which has affected its productivity and food security of millions across the country.