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The growing fad on organic farming

Dr Lux Lakshmanan lives in Davis, California. He obtained his doctorate in agriculture from the Iowa State University and has been consulting on agriculture. A regular visitor to India for years, Lux has been liberally sharing his rich knowledge. It is a delight and profitable to see his daily comments on agricultural news from India. These are quite critical on the poor attention to productivity improvements as also to the lack of knowledge on the part of policymakers in enhancing productivity. He expressed his anguish over the very low productivity. Read his recent lament: “with the 50 mn hectares India has the second large cultivable acres (USA: 60 mn hectares). However, India can take three crops per year. This makes the country having the largest agriculture area in the world.

“Unfortunately India’s crop production per acre is among the lowest in the world. Thus land utilisation is the worst in the world. India averages around 1.8 tonnes in rice productivity against 6.0 tonne in the US. This low productivity is due to primitive farming methods focusing on organic farming by poor and illiterate farmers. India’s craze for organic farming and the so-called natural farming will worsen the food situation sending more and more people to bed hungry. Policy makers and agriculture scientists are not helpful. It is essential to adapt modern crop production techniques in India,” he says.

Lux assures that this does not involve rocket science. You can reach Lux through drlux599@gmail.com.


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