NEW DELHI: Restoration of health of top soil, optimum use of water and climate change are the three major challenges facing the agriculture sector, India’s Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu said here on Friday. He was speaking at a function organised to honour Indian geneticist, international administrator and Father of the Green Revolution in India, Dr M S Swaminathan.
Prabhu said that as a consequence of the Green Revolution, India became self-reliant in food production in about 15 years. The minister further said that schemes like Krishi Sinchai Yojana, Fasal Bima Yojana, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana, Soil Health Card, Kisan Credit Card and eNAM will make agriculture a profitable venture.
Dr M S Swaminathan received the World Agriculture Prize from the Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu at the function.