19 October 1999
India tackles low harvests

INDIA is making a bid to tackle low harvesting which is estimated to cost the country the loss of foodgrains of nearly 20m tonnes, or nearly 10% of total production.

One problem to be looked at is land fragmentation.

There will be an attempt to consolidate land as well as bring 80m hectares of marginal and wasteland into production.

Cold chains and processing facilities would put a stop to an annual loss of fruit and vegetables.

A new national agricultural policy will try to ensure post-harvest technologies and marketing infrastructure remain in step with rising production triggered by modern farming practices.