Researchers Focus on improving crop productivity
Agricultural researchers should focus on improving crop productivity by devising better tools and techniques, enhancing the input efficiency and achieving production targets without endangering the resource base, remarked V. Damodara Naidu, Vice-Chancellor of Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU).
Speaking at the inaugural session of the three-day national seminar on ‘Futuristic agriculture for sustainable food security at ANGRAU’s Sri Venkateswara Agricultural College here, Dr. Naidu asserted that despite rise in food production, the ongoing pace would not be sufficient to feed the world and there was a threat of world facing food shortage.
“According to the projections by United Nations, the global population is predicted to rise from 7.2 billion to 9.7 billion by 2050 and it is presumed that about 370 million people will remain undernourished, globally, based on the current pace of agricultural production enhancement. Hence, there is an immediate need for affecting substantial changes in the global food system and ensure that the growing population has sustainable access to nutrition,” he maintained.