Food output needs to be raised 70% by 2030: Report

The country will have to raise its food production by 70 per cent in the next 20 years to meet the demand of the growing population, says a report.

Updated: Jul 12, 2010, 22:35 PM IST

New Delhi: The country will have to raise
its food production by 70 per cent in the next 20 years to
meet the demand of the growing population, says a report.

"With rising population and consumption needs, rural
India and China will have to raise their food production
substantially to meet the bigger demand by 2030. India will
need to raise its food production by 70 per cent," a report by
brokerage firm India Infoline said.

The report said India would displace China to become the
world`s most populous nation by 2030. Between 2005 and 2030,

The country`s population would increase by 31 per cent, while
China`s will be much lower at over 5 per cent.

To meet the growing demand, the country will have to
increase food production by 70 per cent, which would be
three times more than China`s requirement at 21 per cent rise.
Although, India has 11 per cent more arable land compared
to China, there is a big gap in the amount of food production
between the two countries.

The report said, by 2030 India and China would be much
more prosperous than it is today and the two countries? per
capita food consumption will also increase proportionately.

Based on current trends in per capita GDP and food
intake, it is expected that India’s per capita food intake
will increase from below 2,400 kilo calorie per day in 2005 to
2,900 kcal per day in 2030, thus registering a growth of over
23 per cent. For China, it will increase by 9 per cent from
3,000 kcal per day in 2005 to 3,200 kcal per day in 2030.

-PTI