Government is promoting new technologies in agriculture : Tomar

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Government is promoting new technologies in agriculture : Tomar

New Delhi, Sep 20 (PTI) The government is promoting new agricultural technologies. This will help reduce the cost of production, increase production and ensure better prices to the farmers. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said this on Tuesday.

Tomar said at an event organized by industry body FICCI that the use of various agricultural technologies would help in achieving the production levels required to meet the food demand of 2025.

He said that the agriculture sector is facing many other challenges like decreasing area under cultivation and impact of natural calamities. The government is focusing on drip irrigation, organic and natural farming to tackle this.

Tomar further said that the government is trying to bring new technology to the farmers.

He said that weather forecasting and use of technologies for new seeds and fertilisers will help in reducing costs, increasing production and ensuring better prices to growers.

New Zealand’s Agriculture and Trade Minister Damien O’Connor, speaking at a session titled ‘Food for All: Up to the Table’, said the challenge facing every country is greater amid increasing pressure on arable land. is to produce. Apart from this, there is also the problem of drought due to floods and climate change.

Another challenge is the emission of greenhouse gases from the agricultural sector. Worldwide, agriculture, livestock and food systems contribute 35 percent of global emissions, he said. In New Zealand this emission is 48 percent.

In addition to conducting research, New Zealand is focusing on new technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions so that agriculture remains sustainable, he said.

On making the business carbon-free, Anish Shah, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. emphasized on building partnerships to reduce carbon emissions and improve agricultural productivity.

He said the time has come to take action to make food systems truly sustainable and meet the growing food demand.

Sanjiv Mehta, CEO and Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever Limited said that food systems are complex. Even when the world produces enough food, about 17 percent of the food is wasted. There is a need to bridge the gap between the farm to the dining table, he said.

Sunny Varghese, Co-Founder and Group CEO, Olam International Limited said that technology can play a big role in addressing the challenges faced in the food supply chain in the country.

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