Second Green Revolution at Paliganj: Kalam

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 18:28

Paliganj: The hub of the second Green
Revolution of the country would be at Paliganj in Bihar with
the farmers "immensely contributing" towards achieving a
revolution in foodgrain productivity, former President A P J
Abdul Kalam said on Tuesday.

"You all started with 2.4 hectare of land in 1999 and
extended it to 2000 hectare by 2004 and during this period,
using sound agricultultural policies, quality seeds and
input material, you have been able to demonstrate that the
productivity of rice and wheat can be more than doubled in the
five years time", Kalam said while addressing farmers at
Paliganj, about 55 km from here, this morning.

He said this trend undertaken by Paliganj farmers should
continue and there was a need for making Bihar the granary of
India.

Referring to Bihar, Kalam said the net area under
cultivation of grains was around 56 lakh hectare and the
average yields of rice and wheat in this area was 1.45
and 2.19 tonne per hectare respectively.

"The Paliganj farmer have proved beyond doubt that they
can produce at least four tonnes per hectare of paddy and six
tonnes per hectare of wheat", he said.

"It it time that the agriculture univesities like
Rajendra Agriculture University and other universities in the
state work in partnership with farmers of Paliganj and
the district development officers of all the 38 districts, so
that we can achieve the goal of doubling the productivity of
wheat and paddy within the next five years," he suggested.

He said the Paliganj farmers should also work in
enhancing the productivity during 2016-2020 as this effort
would make Paliganj "the hub" of propagating second Green
Revolution.

The former President said India has to now embark upon
the second Green Revolution which would enable it to increase
the foodgrain production from the existing 230 million tonnes
per year to at least 340 million tonnes per year by 2020.

The former president said the increase in production
would have to overcome many impeding factors and the
requirement of land for the increasing population as well as
for greater afforestation and environmental preservation
activities would force a situation whereby the preset 170
million hectare of arable land would not not be fully
available.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 18:28

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