Extreme climate change is costing India more than Rs 6400 crores (9-10 billion dollars) annually, as per a recent submission by the agriculture ministry. The report also said that the extreme weather conditions, that are turning worse every year, will have a huge impact on farm productivity across India.
The agricultural ministry also said that in the next few years, the decrease in productivity of major crops will be marginal but in a few more years, it could go down even more if the farming doesn’t adapt to climate change-induced changes in weather. Major crops such as wheat, rice, oilseeds, pulses, fruits, and vegetables over the years and the farmers will be left with the choices of either “adapt to challenges of climate change or face the risk of getting poorer”.
The report said that the challenges are urgent for Indian agriculture as this decrease in productivity will result in India importing more milk and pulses. By the year 2030, India may need 65 million tonnes more of food grains than what it is expected in 2016-17. Read More…
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